Dallas Cowboys players unsure how much Brent drank before deadly crash

Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:25pm EST
 
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By Lisa Maria Garza

DALLAS (Reuters) - Two Dallas Cowboys players testified on Thursday they had no idea how much their former teammate Josh Brent had been drinking at a private club before he got into high-speed, single-car crash that killed another teammate.

Brent, 25, is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter for a December 8, 2012, incident when the Mercedes he was driving flipped over and caught fire on a state highway, killing his teammate, Jerry Brown Jr.

Current Cowboys safety Barry Church was one of about a half dozen players at Dallas-area club Privae before the crash and said he did not know how much alcohol Brent consumed.

"I didn't see him throw back champagne or anything. I just saw him with one glass."

During the players' testimony, prosecutors showed video footage from the club of Brent dancing with a bottle of champagne in each hand, drinking straight from the bottle to see if it would refresh their memory.

Church said he left before the other players and had no idea what state Brent was in when he left.

Brent's lawyers have argued that their client was not drunk at the time of the accident.

Brent's blood alcohol level was 0.189, according to police documents. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08. Brent could face up to 20 years in jail, if convicted.   Continued...

 
Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent enters the courtroom in Dallas, Texas January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Stone