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Belcher legally drunk at time of shootings

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Linebacker Jovan Belcher's blood-alcohol level was .17, more than twice the legal limit, when he killed his girlfriend at their apartment before driving to the Kansas City Chiefs' training facility and shooting himself.

The autopsy report released Monday by the Jackson County Medical Examiner showed Belcher was legally drunk when he died on Dec. 1 after committing suicide in front of Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.

Belcher's girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, had a minimal amount of alcohol in her system. No trace of illegal drugs was found in either of their bodies.

According to the report, Belcher fired nine shots that hit Perkins in the neck, chest, abdomen, hip, back, leg and hand after a Saturday morning argument when he returned after being out all night. He then left in his car and drove to the Chiefs' facility, where he encountered Pioli.

"I'm sorry, Scott," Belcher said. "I've done a bad thing to my girlfriend already. I want to talk with (linebackers coach Gary) Gibbs and Romeo."

The coaches begged Belcher to drop the gun, with Crennel yelling, "You're taking the easy way out."

Belcher saw an approaching police officer, knelt behind a minivan, made the sign of the cross on his chest and shot himself above his right ear. Crennel then turned away.

Belcher and Perkins left behind an infant daughter.

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