NFL player, former UMaine star Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he killed girlfriend, autopsy shows
KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then took his own life last month, according to an autopsy released on Monday.
The report showed Belcher had a blood alcohol content of .17 — more than double the .08 level that by Missouri law makes a driver drunk.
Belcher, 25, killed Perkins, 22, in the bedroom of their home during an argument on the morning of Dec. 1. He then drove to Arrowhead stadium, where the Chiefs play, and shot himself in the head.
Belcher attended the University of Maine, where he played football from 2005 to 2008 and was a first-team All-American as a senior before he graduated in 2009.
The autopsy by the Jackson County medical examiner found that Belcher shot Perkins nine times, inflicting wounds to her neck, chest, stomach, legs and hands. She had negligible blood alcohol content, the autopsy showed.
Head coach Romeo Crennell and general manager Scott Piolo, who since have left the Chiefs, tried to talk Belcher out of shooting himself. But he put a handgun to his temple and pulled the trigger. He was pronounced dead shortly after reaching the hospital.
Belcher and Perkins, parents of a 3-month-old girl, had a stormy relationship, according to a recent police report.
Belcher had been visiting another girlfriend the night before the shooting, witnesses told police.
Police questioned Belcher about five hours before the shooting when he was spotted sleeping in his Bentley on a street near the second girlfriend’s apartment.
A video shows officers questioning Belcher outside his car. But he showed no outward sign of being drunk and was not given a blood alcohol test.
Belcher assured officers he was not getting back in the car and instead went into the apartment building after calling one of its occupants, according to police records.
He asked to be awakened at 6:45 a.m. so he could go to a team practice, police reports said.
During his four years as a student at UMaine, Belcher was confronted by police about two on-campus incidents involving a woman. No criminal charges were filed in either incident.
On April 1, 2006, Belcher suffered a serious cut on his hand when the then-freshman punched out a window in a ground-floor door at Androscoggin Hall on the UMaine campus, according to university police Sgt. Scott Curtis, who reported, “I was told that Belcher was upset over a girl.”
Belcher was referred to Judicial Affairs and had to pay restitution, which was estimated at $200. Details about any university punishment levied against him are protected by the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, according to Dr. Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students.
Ten months later, Belcher was the subject of a dormitory noise complaint. According to a police report, a student in Gannett Hall called police about the raised voices of Belcher and his girlfriend as they had “a discussion outside his room.”
Belcher was a star player at UMaine, where he was honored as the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. He helped the Black Bears earn a spot in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Bangor Daily News contributed to this report.