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Dallas Cowboys’ Josh Brent Faces Trial in September

Dallas Cowboys’ Brent Faces September Trial in Manslaughter Case
Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent stands on the sidelines as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 16, 2012. Photographer: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Dallas Cowboys football player Josh Brent faces a Sept. 23 trial on a charge of intoxication manslaughter after he was involved in a vehicular accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.

“That’s the date,” Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, said yesterday in a phone interview.

A Texas grand jury in December indicted the defensive lineman in the wake of a Dec. 8 crash in the Dallas suburb of Irving. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, Denmon said then. Yesterday, she said she couldn’t immediately comment on how long a term prosecutors will seek if Brent is convicted.

The accident happened when the car, which was moving at a high rate of speed, flipped at least once after hitting a curb, according to police. Brent had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Brent, who was freed from jail on $100,000 bond and required to wear an ankle bracelet that monitors his blood alcohol level, said in a December statement he is devastated by Brown’s death and would live with the “horrific and tragic loss every day” for the rest of his life.

His attorney, George Milner, didn’t immediately return a call yesterday seeking comment on the setting of the trial date.

Brent was in his third season in the National Football League after playing at the University of Illinois. He had started five games last season.

Brown, who also attended Illinois, joined the Cowboys’ practice squad on Oct. 24. He had yet to appear on the active roster.

The case is State of Texas v. Brent, F12-35545, Criminal District Court, Dallas County, Texas (Dallas).

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