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Police say steroid dealer killed himself

DALLAS -- Authorities said Friday that a convicted steroids dealer who claimed to have sold drugs to pro football players killed himself.

The Dallas County medical examiner ruled 35-year-old David Jacobs' shooting death a suicide, but police in the Dallas suburb of Plano aren't saying whether he shot his on-again, off-again girlfriend.

Both bodies were found in the master bedroom of Jacobs' Plano home. He was shot in the abdomen and head, and 30-year-old Amanda Earhart-Savell was shot several times. A .40-caliber Glock was found next to Jacobs, police said.

Police said until they receive the medical examiner's final report they can't explain how Jacobs killed himself.

"I don't know if he shot himself in the abdomen first and it was superficial. We just know that those were the two places he was shot," said Plano police spokesman Andrae Smith.

Jacobs was sentenced to three years probation and fined $25,000 on May 1 after pleading guilty last year in federal court in Dallas to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. He met twice with NFL security officials and gave them names of players he said bought steroids from him.

Jacobs said he sold tens of thousands of dollars worth of performance-enhancing drugs to former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Matt Lehr in 2006 and 2007. Lehr, currently on the New Orleans Saints, has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. Lehr's attorney has denied his client used banned substances after a four-game suspension in 2006.

The NFL said Thursday it is evaluating information provided by Jacobs.

Jacobs' attorney, Hank Hockeimer, didn't return a phone call and e-mail seeking comment Friday.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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