Ex-Dallas Cowboys player Brent on trial for crash that killed teammate

Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:13pm EST
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By Lisa Maria Garza

DALLAS (Reuters) - The intoxication manslaughter trial of former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent started on Monday with lawyers arguing over whether the defensive tackle was drunk when he crashed his car in 2012, killing his teammate, Jerry Brown Jr.

Prosecutors told the Dallas County court that Brent was operating with reckless abandon and two police officers testified that they had "no doubt" Brent was drunk at the time of the accident.

"He was so intoxicated, he did not appreciate the danger of traveling at that high rate of speed when he exited (the highway)," Dallas County prosecutor Heath Harris told the jury.

Both officers testified that Brent repeatedly mentioned he wanted to go home and even asked officers to give him a ride.

"I don't know if he realized the gravity of the situation and what had just occurred," officer Kevin Palms said during testimony.

Brent, 25, is accused of being drunk when the Mercedes he was driving at a high speed flipped over and caught fire on a state highway on December 8, 2012.

When police arrived, they found Brent dragging Brown, 25, out of the burning car, which was resting on its roof in the middle of the road. Brown, who had been riding in the passenger seat, died at a Dallas hospital a short time later.

Brent's lawyers said their client had made a terrible mistake but was not intoxicated when he got behind the wheel.   Continued...