Prosecution rests wreck case against ex-NFL player

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against former defensive tackle Josh Brent Thursday after presenting testimony from two Dallas Cowboys players who were with Brent the night of a crash that left a practice squad player dead.

Brent is accused of drunkenly wrecking his Mercedes and killing practice squad player Jerry Brown in December 2012.

Brent faces 20 years in prison if convicted either of manslaughter or intoxication manslaughter in the death of his friend, who was also a teammate of Brent's at the University of Illinois.

Jurors heard from safeties Barry Church and Danny McCray, who played video games for several hours with Brent, then went to dinner and a nightclub with him and Brown. Prosecutors said credit-card receipts showed Brent bought drinks at dinner and three bottles of Champagne at the nightclub.

Both Church and McCray testified that they could not remember exactly how much Brent had to drink.

Prosecutors showed police dash-cam video of Brent failing a field sobriety test after the fiery wreck in the Dallas suburb of Irving. Police say blood tests showed Brent to have a blood-alcohol level afterward more than twice the legal limit.

To get that drunk, according to one prosecution witness, toxicologist Justin Schwane, the 320-pound Brent would have had to have 17 drinks.

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