District Attorney Scott Ballard announced at a press conference the toxicology report findings in the bodies of Chris, Nancy, and Daniel Benoit.
Chris Benoit had a steroid (testosterone) and other drugs in his system when he killed his wife and young son last month and hanged himself afterwards. His body contained 10 times the normal level of testosterone, as well as the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller hydrocodone. Benoit’s wife, Nancy, tested positive for Xanax, hydrocodone and the painkiller hydromorphone while their son Daniel Benoit had Xanax in his system.
Asked if the findings provide any insight into why Benoit acted as he did. “Specifically they do show that Daniel Benoit was sedated at the time he was murdered. Other than that, I don’t think they reveal anything at all,” said Dr. Kris Sperry, the chief medical examiner from the state of Georgia.
Federal authorities have charged Benoit’s personal physician, Dr. Phil Astin, with improperly prescribing painkillers and other drugs to two patients other than Benoit. He has pleaded not guilty.