Chiefs' Belcher spent night out before murder-suicide

Tue Dec 4, 2012 6:35pm EST
 
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By Kevin Murphy

(Reuters) - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend - and later himself - after he spent the previous night in an entertainment district and slept at the apartment of another woman, witnesses told police.

The events could explain why Belcher got into an argument with Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old child, that preceded the murder-suicide.

Five hours before he shot Perkins, Belcher was questioned by police when he was reported sleeping in a car outside the other woman's apartment, police said Tuesday.

Police responded to a suspicious vehicle call about 2:50 a.m at an apartment complex near downtown Kansas City, Missouri, where they found Belcher dozing in the car, Sergeant Darin Snapp said.

Officers woke him up and asked what he was doing, Snapp said.

Belcher said he was waiting for his girlfriend to come home and didn't have the door code number so he could not go inside, Snapp said. Belcher then called someone on his cell phone and about that time a woman came to the door of the apartment and waved him in, Snapp said.

Belcher had been partying in an area of bars known as the Power & Light District, police said, and later went to the other woman's apartment.

After finding him in his car, police ran a report on Belcher, 25, and after looking at his driver's license found nothing noteworthy and had no reason to hold him, Snapp said.   Continued...

 
A makeshift memorial for Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher is seen outside his mother's home in West Babylon, New York December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton