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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher's alcohol levels were more than twice the legal limit when he took his own life, according to an autopsy report obtained by FOXSports.com on Monday.
Belcher shot himself in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium, minutes after killing his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins on the morning of Dec. 1. No drugs were found in his system, but the report prepared by the Jackson County Medical Examiner listed Belcher's ethanol readings at 179 mg/dL and 170 mg/dL.
A reading of 80 mg/dL is equivalent to an 0.08 percent blood alcohol level, the threshold for driving under the influence.
"This reflects a significantly elevated alcohol reading," Chicago-based medical forensics expert Ernest P. Chiodo told FOXSports.com. "The blood alcohol levels should roughly reflect what they were at the time of his death."
Chiodo added that Belcher was likely more intoxicated when he took Perkins' life, which occurred less than 30 minutes before Belcher put the gun to his temple and pulled the trigger in front of members of the Chiefs' front office and coaching staff.
"As long as he didn't drink after he took the life of (Perkins), you'd expect him to be more intoxicated," Chiodo said.
The autopsy also shows that Belcher shot Perkins nine times before he killed himself. The report says Perkins was shot in the neck, chest, abdomen, hip, back, leg and hand.
Belcher and Perkins had an infant daughter, and their families are fighting for custody of her.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Belcher and Perkins, and Baby Zoey (photo courtesy KCTV)
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