DALLAS –– Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent’s intoxication manslaughter trial is underway Monday in a Dallas County courtroom.
If convicted, Brent faces up to 20 years in prison for the death of his friend and teammate Jerry Brown Jr., who was in the passenger seat of Brent’s car when it struck a curb at a high rate of speed and flipped and caught fire in December 2012. The two just left a northwest Dallas club. Brown died that morning at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Brent could also be sentenced to probation.
Jury selection began Thursday, as attorneys picked 12 jurors from a pool of 120. During opening statements, First Assistant District Attorney Heath Harris, the lead prosecutor, told the jury that Brent’s blood alcohol content was .18 at the time of the crash, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
“The blood does not lie,” he said.
Defense attorney George Milner later countered, saying there’s no footage of Brent with a drink in his hand at Club Privae that night.
“Brent was nearly scalped alive during the accident,” he said. “There’s no way he could do a field sobriety test at the scene.”
Current Dallas Cowboys who were at the club that evening will be called to testify. Below is a live feed of the trial, courtesy Rebecca Lopez.