Chiefs’ Belcher was drunk at time of murder-suicide

Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he shot his girlfriend nine times and then killed himself in front of his coach and general manager, an autopsy released Monday showed.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner report on Belcher, 25, raised new questions about whether police should have done more before the Dec. 1 murder-suicide. Officers found Belcher sleeping in his idling car about five hours earlier, but let him go inside a nearby apartment to sleep it off.

At the time of the autopsy, Belcher’s BAC was 0.17, more than twice the limit of 0.08 percent for Missouri drivers, and it was likely higher when he shot girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, 22, at the couple’s Kansas City home.

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A police report released previously said Belcher had gone out the night before with a woman he was dating on the side while Perkins attended a concert with her friends.

Police who found Belcher sleeping in his Bentley outside the woman’s apartment told him to turn off the ignition and he complied, the report said.

The report said Belcher ‘‘initially displayed possible signs of being under the influence [asleep and disoriented].’’ But the report added that after a few minutes of being awake his ‘‘demeanor and communication became more fluid and coherent.’’ The report added that officers didn’t smell alcohol on Belcher, and that there were no signs of him being ‘‘violent or emotionally unstable.’’

Under both city ordinance and state law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated, city prosecutor Lowell C. Gard said in an e-mail. He said a vehicle doesn’t need to be in motion for it to be determined that the person behind the wheel was operating it.

Kansas City police Sergeant Marisa Barnes said in an e-mail she wasn’t aware of anyone being disciplined over the case. Even if they were, she said, she wouldn’t be able to discuss it.

Eagles still searching

Add yet another name to the Eagles’ list of coaching candidates. Former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed with Philadelphia Monday morning as the team’s search to replace Andy Reid entered its third week. Whisenhunt was dismissed by Arizona Dec. 31 after six seasons. The Eagles also were scheduled to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Monday, bringing the total number of known candidates to 11. Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will have another interview with the Eagles Tuesday . . . Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel will interview a second time for the Bears’ opening. According to ESPN, Chicago is also expected to conduct a second interview with Marc Trestman, the head coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes . . . The Panthers interviewed Pat Shurmur and Hue Jackson for their vacant offensive coordinator position . . . As expected, the Chiefs introduced longtime Packers executive John Dorsey as their general manager Monday, turning over a team that was 2-14 to one of the men responsible for building Green Bay into a consistent winner. Dorsey takes over for Scott Pioli, who was fired after four tumultuous seasons . . . The Bills hired Danny Crossman to be special teams coordinator hours after he left the same post with the Lions. Detroit’s return units finished among the NFL’s worst last season. Their coverage units were a little better, finishing 18th in punt-return average and 14th in kickoff-return average . . . The Colts hired Jimmy Raye as their vice president of football operations. He replaces Tom Telesco, who was named San Diego’s general manager late last week. Raye spent the last five seasons as the Chargers’ director of player personnel, where he was in charge of the team’s scouting departments.

Elway backs Fox

John Fox would tell Peyton Manning to take the knee again. John Elway, of all people, agreed with that call. Given 31 seconds, two timeouts, the ball at the 20, and one of the best quarterbacks in the game, the Broncos coach decided to run out the clock and head to overtime. Result: Baltimore 38, Denver 35. End of season in Broncoland. Fox said he felt good about the decision when he made it Saturday, toward the end of one of the most disheartening losses in the franchise’s history. After rolling it around in his head during the last two sleepless nights, he stood by his decision. ‘‘I’d do it again 10 times if it presented itself in that situation,’’ he said Monday. Elway, the quarterback-turned-executive, said he concurred . . . Texans coach Gary Kubiak gave quarterback Matt Schaub a vote of confidence a day after Houston was bounced from the playoffs by the Patriots. Schaub has taken a lot of heat from media and fans following his third-quarter interception Sunday. “I believe in Matt,’’ said Kubiak. “I feel very good about our quarterback. Our whole team has got to get better — and that includes coaching and playing — for us to make the next step and Matt’s a part of the team.’’ . . . Police in Jersey City say they’ve been trying to contact Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt to question him about an incident Sunday in which he allegedly drove a friend to the hospital after the man had been stabbed at a party.