No drugs, alcohol found in woman who killed Godfrey

Posted: Friday, August 09, 2002

ANCHORAGE - Investigators said Karen Brand apparently did not have drugs or alcohol in her body at the time she shot former Public Safety Commissioner, Glenn Godfrey, and his wife, Patti.

Toxicology results from Brand's autopsy were released Thursday by Anchorage police.

Police say Brand, 33, shot the Godfreys in their Eagle River home Saturday before turning the gun on herself. Investigators say brand was distraught over the end of a relationship with Godfrey when she showed up at the Godfrey home late Friday or early Saturday.

Godfrey, 53, had recently stepped down as state commissioner of public safety and was a former head of the Alaska State Troopers.

Patti Godfrey, 52, continued to recover Thursday but was still not well enough to be questioned by police, said Anchorage police spokesman Ron McGee.

A family spokesman said Patti Godfrey's right arm was so shattered by the .44-caliber Magnum revolver used by Brand that doctors had to augment the bone with a metal plate. She also suffered wounds to her stomach, chest and leg.

Police say the gun belonged to Glenn Godfrey and was in the house when Brand entered, apparently before the Godfreys returned from an outing in Seward.

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