Reporting Elizabeth Dinh
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - It was a quiet walk through the courthouse on Thursday for Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, as he headed to a meeting with his defense attorneys and prosecutors. The NFL player was back in court and expected to enter a plea in the drunk driving crash that killed friend and teammate Jerry Brown.
Brent faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter.
Police said that Brent was behind the wheel two months ago during the car crash that killed his close friend, a passenger in the vehicle. Investigators said that Brent was drunk and speeding when he lost control of the car. Brent’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
The football player now remains out of jail after being freed on bond, though he is required to wear an ankle monitor. Brent offered no comment on Thursday, but his attorney did speak about the case. “The nature of a case like this… they’re very complex,” defense attorney George Milner told the media. “These cases take a great deal of time to investigate. They are diligently working on the case. Both Irving Police Department and the Dallas District Attorney’s Office, they’re moving — by regular standards — at the speed of light on this case.”
At the Thursday hearing, Brent was not expected to go before a judge. He was just going to enter a plea to the court clerk. But Milner said that there was still a lot of work to be done before a formal plea could be entered. Defense attorneys and prosecutors will meet up again next month to discuss the case further. In the end, it may not even go to trial.
Milner also stated that Brent is facing an all-around difficult situation, both in the courtroom and in his overall life. “I’ve had a lot of people express a great deal of support for Josh and we’re very happy for that support. We really are,” Milner said. “But there’s a lot going on here — a lot more than this case.”
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