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Belcher Videos Released: NFL Player Drinking, Questioned by Police Before Murder-Suicide (VIDEO)

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By Brittney R. Villalva , Christian Post Reporter
December 9, 2012|9:19 am
  • Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers players form a prayer circle after the Chiefs' win in a NFL football game in Kansas City, Missouri December 2, 2012. The previous day, Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher killed himself after fatally shooting his girl
    (Photo: Reuters/Dave Kaup)
    Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers players form a prayer circle after the Chiefs' win in a NFL football game in Kansas City, Missouri December 2, 2012. The previous day, Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher killed himself after fatally shooting his girlfriend in an action witnessed by head coach Romeo Crennel and other Chiefs personnel.

A video that shows police talking with Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker Jovan Belcher hours before he committed a murder-suicide, has been released Friday.

The footage is one of two videos that were captured via a police dashboard camera. It reveals two officers speaking with Belcher at around 3 a.m. Sunday, approximately five hours before he killed girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Police had arrived on the scene after receiving a call reporting a suspicious man wandering around the outside neighborhood of where Perkin's apartment was located, according to the Sports Xchange.

Belcher was found sleeping outside the Kansas City apartment building. When questioned he stated that he was going to visit his girlfriend. It appeared the Belcher had been drinking, according to a USA Today report, although he was not put under arrest for public intoxication.

"You know you've got a lot riding on this," an officer told Belcher according to the SportsXchange report. "You know you've got a lot to lose."

Belcher had explained to police that he had been waiting on his girlfriend, who was not home at the time. The video ends with Belcher exiting the car saying that he was leaving for his girlfriend's apartment, according to the Associated Press.

A second police video shows police racing to the stadium after it had been reported that Belcher might have shot his girlfriend. Belcher drove to the stadum where he was met with general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel. The NFL player thanked both managers before police arrived; he then shot himself dead, according to AP.

Kassandra Perkins, 22, had a three-month-old daughter with Belcher. During her memorial service on Thursday she was described as someone who had a "deep understanding about the important things in life," according to her great uncle Ted Downing, who spoke with USA Today.

 

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