Autopsy: Jovan Belcher Legally Intoxicated at Time of Death

Autopsy: Jovan Belcher Legally Intoxicated at Time of Death

Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs player who murdered his girlfriend before killing himself in front of Chiefs executives in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot in December, was intoxicated at the time of his death, with a blood-alcohol level (0.17) that was “twice the legal limit for intoxication in Missouri.”

On Monday, the Jackson County (Mo.) Medical Examiner’s office released the autopsy results for Belcher and Kassandra Perkins, whom Belcher murdered. 

According to the report, Belcher shot Perkins nine times. He shot Perkins “in the neck, chest (twice), abdomen, hip, back, both legs and the right hand.” 

The day after Belcher’s murder-suicide, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, on NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast, exploited the tragedy to advocate for more gun control, reading excerpts from sportswriter Jason Whitlock’s column. In particular, Costas read Whitlock’s comments about how “our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy.”