Under The Influence: Autopsy Report Concludes Jovan Belcher Was Legally Drunk When The Shootings Occurred
Both Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher have been laid to rest, but this does not spare their families from having to face the aftermath of the tragedy as they attempt to piece their lives back together. It seems that something new about the gruesome murder-suicide is uncovered each week and one can’t help but wonder if the families of both Kasandra and Jovan will ever fully get their lives back. The latest revelation concerning the case has come from The Jackson County Medical Examiner. According to the Huffington Post, while neither Kasandra or Jovan tested positive for illegal drugs, Belcher’s blood-alcohol level was .17 at the time the autopsy was performed, which is actually a little over twice the legal limit for Missouri drivers.
This revelation has caused many to wonder if the Police could’ve done more to prevent this horrific tragedy since he displayed behaviors of an intoxicated person when Police discovered him sleeping in his Bentley the night before. According to the police report, Belcher “initially displayed possible signs of being under the influence (asleep and disoriented).” However, once he was awake for a few minutes his “demeanor and communication became more fluid and coherent.” Officers also revealed that they did not smell alcohol on Belcher and that he didn’t appear “violent or emotionally unstable.”
According to the Daily News, the police encouraged Belcher to get home safely; however, Jovan asked if he could go upstairs and stay in his friend’s apartment for the night. “You just need to go upstairs. We’re trying to cut you a break here,” an officer responded. Although his friend, who was asleep upstairs did not hear her phone ring, he wound up staying with a neighbor in the same apartment complex where he slept on their couch for a few hours.
Only hours later would he take the life of Kasandra Perkins and then his own. Kansas City police Sgt. Marisa Barnes says to her knowledge no officers have been disciplined in relation to this occurrence.
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Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise