Two weeks after Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend Kassandra Perkins and then turned the gun on himself, new details have emerged from a police investigation into the matter, and motives are beginning to surface as to why the tragedy happened.
Prior to Perksins murder, the Kansas City Star is reporting that Belcher texted Britney Glass, a secret girlfriend he had, claiming he would shoot Perkins if she didn’t leave him alone. According to police reports that were made public, the secret girlfriend of Belcher thought he was joking.
Glass revealed that Belcher told her that Perkins “knew exactly how to press his buttons and make him angry.” Belcher also reportedly told the woman that Perkins “threatened to take all his money and his child if they split up.”
Another piece to the puzzle is Belcher’s mother, who said she moved in with the couple a few weeks before the murder. Cheryl Shepherd said that after she moved in, she noticed the relationship between Belcher and Perkins became tense due to what she said was “financial issues associated with Perkins’ spending habits.”
Police reports also indicate that Belcher and Perkins had been fighting recently over custody of their daughter Zoey and the fact that Belcher had been seeing another women behind Perkins back.
Shepherd’s remarks about the final moments before the murder support information supplied in the police report that say a bullet hole was found un the floor underneath Perkins body. The report concluded that this could indicate Perkins was lying down on the ground when she was killed. Shepherd said that she heard a thump before the gunshot.
Belcher kissed Perkins on the forehead and apologized. He then apologized to his mother, kissed his daughter and fled as Perkins lay dying from bullet wounds to the neck, chest, shoulders, arms and legs. Perkins was declared dead at a nearby hospital.
Once Belcher murdered Perkins, he drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he was confronted by head coach Romeo Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli along with other members of the Chiefs staff.
Witnesses say that Crennel desperately tried to get Belcher to put down the gun, telling him he was taking the easy way out. Scott Pioli told police that he pleaded with Belcher not to kill himself. Pioli also told police that Belcher admitted he had hurt his girlfriend and while he thanked the Chiefs for trying help him, it wasn’t enough.
“You know that I’ve been having some major problems at home and with my girlfriend.” Pioli told police Belcher said. “I need help! I wasn’t able to get enough help. I appreciate everything you all have done for me with trying to help … but it wasn’t enough. I have hurt my girl already and I can’t go back now.”
Reports also indicate that police were just arriving on the scene when Belcher ducked behind his car and turned the gun on himself. USA Today reports that it was when Belcher saw police cruisers racing to the parking lot that he went behind the car.
According to the police reports: “Crennel further stated he got the impression that Ms. Perkins wanted to live a better life and expected a better life because she was with an NFL player.” He also told police he believed Belcher had contacted an attorney about possibly getting custody of his daughter.
In the days after the incident, Crennel has denied that he knew anything about Belcher’s relationship with Perkins.