Benoit Used Steroid Testosterone, Son Sedated Before Murders

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DECATUR, Ga. — Pro wrestler Chris Benoit had an elevated level of testosterone in his system but no other steroids in his body, and his 7-year-old was sedated at the time of his death, a Georgia medical examiner said Thursday.

"This level of testosterone indicates that he had been using testosterone at least within some reasonably short period of time prior to the time that he died," said Dr. Kris Sperry, chief medical examiner for the state with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, as he released the results of the toxicology report for the wrestler, his wife, Nancy, and son, Daniel.

"There were no other steroid or artificial steroid-like drugs that were found in his urine," he added.

Besides steroids, Benoit's body contained the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller hydrocodone, according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI said Benoit tested negative for blood alcohol.

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"It is our opinion that Daniel Benoit was sedated by Xanax at the time that he was murdered, so that he was sedated prior to the time that he died," Sperry said.

Daniel Benoit had Xanax in his system, the agency said. The GBI said it could not perform tests for steroids or human growth hormones on the son because of a lack of urine.

Benoit's wife, Nancy, tested positive for Xanax, hydrocodone and the painkiller hydromorphone, but the decomposition process hindered the ability to determine what level the drugs were at.

"The decomposition will affect the ability to interpret these drug levels reliably," Sperry said. "Before she died, they may have been higher, they could have been lower, we just don't know and we'll never know."

The test results were expected to shed more light on Benoit's last moments. Authorities said Benoit killed his wife and 7-year-old son in their suburban Atlanta home, placed Bibles next to their bodies and then hanged himself on the cable of a weight machine.

Anabolic steroids were found in the home, leading officials to wonder if the drugs played a role in the killings. Some experts believe steroids can cause paranoia, depression and violent outbursts known as "roid rage."

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.

Investigators have also raided Astin's office several times since the deaths, seizing prescription records and other documents.

Before he was charged, Astin told the AP he prescribed testosterone for Benoit, a longtime friend, in the past. He would not say what, if any, medications he prescribed when Benoit visited his office June 22, the day authorities believe Benoit killed his wife.