Video: Police Talk to NFL Player Hours Before Killings
Jovan Belcher was sleeping in car before murder/suicide
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2012 1:12 PM CST
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(Newser) – Kansas City police have released dash-cam video of their encounter with Chiefs player Jovan Belcher hours before he killed his girlfriend and then himself. Officers responding to a 911 call found him sleeping in his parked car about 3am and woke him up, reports the Kansas City Star. “You just need to go upstairs,” one officer says. “We’re trying to cut you a break here.” Belcher cooperates, calls a woman (not the girlfriend he killed) who lives inside the building, and goes inside.

He apparently slept there til about 6:30, then returned home and shot his girlfriend after an argument. Police have come under criticism for not detaining Belcher, but a department spokesman says the video vindicates the officers. “There was no cause for a field test,” he says. “The responding officers did not smell any alcohol. As you can see, there is no stumbling, there is no slurring. You need pieces in place to give a field sobriety test. You need indications.”

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Imhotep
Dec 10, 2012 7:36 AM CST
The guy pulled over to sleep off his drunk. He woke up and still killed his girl friend. Time was not going to prevent him from killing her. It was already set in his mind to do it , even before he fell asleep. The guy was crazy.
wilsey246
Dec 9, 2012 4:44 PM CST
No one knows what makes a person take the life of others or even themselves. It is a mystery and always will be why this happens. If it is your time to meet your maker, nothing or nobody can stop it. It is GOD'S will...period.
lvan
Dec 9, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Hope he burns in hell!