Manslaughter trial begins for ex-Cowboy Josh Brent in crash that killed teammate
Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent stands in court as potential jurors are directed into Judge Robert Burns's courtroom in Dallas in this Jan. 10, 2014 file photo. (AP / LM Otero)
Nomaan Merchant, The Associated Press
Published Monday, January 13, 2014 11:15AM EST
DALLAS -- A prosecutor says there's "no disputing the fact" that former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was drunk the night of a fatal crash that left a friend and teammate dead.
Brent's trial began Monday in the December 2012 death of Jerry Brown.
Prosecutor Heath Harris told jurors that they'll see Brent fail a field sobriety test and lie to officers about how much he was drinking. Police say a blood test showed Brent to have a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit.
But Brent's attorney, George Milner, says that there's no way his client had enough alcohol to be intoxicated. Milner said the 320-pound Brent could drink far more than the average person without getting drunk.
Harris and Milner made their opening statements after completing jury selection last week.