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Autopsy shows Jovan Belcher was legally intoxicated during K.C. tragedy

Jay Busbee
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Arrowhead Stadium, Dec. 1, 2012. (Getty Images)

The Jackson County (Mo.) Medical Examiner's office has released autopsy results for Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins, marking some of the final elements of the murder-suicide in Kansas City last December. Belcher murdered Perkins at their shared home, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in front of several Chiefs executives.

The most significant finding of the report was that Belcher had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 at the time of his death, more than twice the legal limit for intoxication in Missouri. The significance of this is obvious in the impairment of judgment. However, it also indicates Belcher almost certainly was intoxicated when police awoke him as he was sleeping in his car outside the apartment of Brittni Glass, about four hours before the time of the murder. Police roused him and sent him to Glass' apartment to sleep it off; clearly, unless he consumed other alcohol at some point later in the morning, he was highly intoxicated.

The report indicates that Perkins was shot in the neck, chest (twice), abdomen, hip, back, both legs and the right hand, for a total of nine gunshot wounds.

Below, via Deadspin, are the autopsy reports for both Belcher and Perkins.

Jovan Belcher autopsy:

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Kasandra Perkins autopsy:

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