When something as shocking as the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide case happens, it’s only natural to wonder what events could have led up to such a horrific conclusion. And – unfortunately but unsurprisingly, for a tragedy of this magnitude – seemingly every new bit of information that’s released seems to complicate the overall story all the more. Take what SI’s Thayer Evans reported last evening, that Belcher had been out partying with another woman the night before he killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and himself:
He had been with a woman in the Power and Light District, an area of bars in downtown Kansas City.
The New York Post identified this woman as Brittni Glass:
After dinner and drinks Friday night at a local tavern, the former Long Island high-school star took the woman, Brittni Glass, to her home, but spent the next several hours asleep in his Bentley outside her building, neighbors said.
“I was with him that night, that’s it,” a reluctant Glass told The Post yesterday.
Additionally, Glass said she and Belcher weren’t in a relationship. One of Glass’s neighbors expanded a bit more on the situation that night:
“His Bentley was parked outside,” a neighbor said. “He went upstairs. He was drunk. He went up to see the girl.’’
However, according to Evans’ report, she wasn’t there, and after police woke him up while he was sleeping in his car, two neighbors of Glass’s allowed Belcher to sleep in their apartment, which he did until they woke him up – at his request – around 6:30 a.m. According to this report from the Kansas City Star, police determined that Belcher would be able to drive himself home after they woke him up in his car, but the neighbor’s account of his drunkenness (and Belcher’s sleeping over in their building) seems to contradict that.
As far as Belcher being out with another woman goes – maybe they were just friends, maybe not. The real complication is that the original version of events, the argument between Belcher and Perkins began after Perkins arrived home from a concert:
According to a friend of Kasandra Perkins, the woman killed today by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the couple argued in the early morning hours after the woman was out late attending Friday’s Trey Songz concert at The Midland.
The friend, who asked not to be identified, said Belcher confronted Perkins when she returned home about 1 a.m.
Of course, according to the more recent telling, Belcher wouldn’t have been home when Perkins initially arrived. It could be that Perkins’ friend was just confused on the specifics – there was definitely an argument in the morning – but the more we’re hearing, the less clear the sequence of events becomes. What hasn’t changed, though, especially in light of new details on Belcher’s final moments – the account of Belcher as a deeply troubled person. That, above all else, is what spurred this tragedy on, and that’s the detail that matters most.