Bond set at $500,000 for Cowboys' Brent in fatal crash
(Reuters) - Bond was set at $500,000 on Sunday for Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, charged with intoxication manslaughter in the fatal Dallas-area car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr., a jail spokesman said.
Brent, 24, appeared at a hearing where he was ordered to post $500,000 bond or remain in jail in the Dallas suburb of Irving.
Brent is accused of being drunk when the car he was driving at a high speed flipped on a state highway at 2:21 a.m. Saturday and then caught fire, police said.
Brown, 25, who had been in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later.
Brown was a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad but had not played any games with the team. He had played in one NFL game for the Indianapolis Colts this season before joining the Cowboys.
Brent, who suffered minor scrapes in the crash, has started in five games for the Cowboys and played 12 this season since regular starting defensive lineman Jay Ratliff was sidelined with injuries.
"I am devastated and filled with grief," Brent said in a statement. "Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and team mate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time."
Intoxication manslaughter, a second degree felony, is punishable in Texas by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
When police responded to 911 calls, they found the 2007 Mercedes sedan resting on its roof in the middle of the road and Brent dragging Brown out of the burning car. Continued...