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Ex-Cowboys player's crash case goes to jury

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — The jury deciding the intoxication manslaughter case against former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent has finished its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Jurors deliberated for about three-and-a-half hours Tuesday and are expected to continue discussing it Wednesday.

Brent faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent's attorneys say he wasn't drunk and they questioned the basis for the state's case, including blood testing and other evidence that suggested Brent may have had as many as 17 drinks the night of the wreck.

Authorities say Brent's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.