Bond set at $500,000 for Cowboys player in fatal crash
POSTED: Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 9:34pm
CNN — A Texas judge has set bond for Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent at $500,000 after Brent's arrest in a fiery weekend car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr.
Brent was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter after a Mercedes he was driving flipped and caught fire early Saturday morning in Irving, Texas, the Dallas suburb where the Cowboys are based.
Police said Brent's car was traveling at high speed when it hit a curb, and officers on the scene "believed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash."
In an arrest affidavit released Sunday, police reported that Brent was pulling Brown from the wrecked vehicle when officers reached the scene of the crash. He refused a blood test, but police were able to take a sample from him because the case involved a fatality, the affidavit states.
The car traveled about 900 feet after hitting the curb, said police spokesman John Argumaniz. The 25-year-old Brown, an outside linebacker on the Dallas practice squad, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Brent, 24, is in his third season with the Cowboys. He appeared for arraignment Sunday morning and did not enter a plea during the brief hearing, according to a detention officer who requested anonymity because she was not authorized to talk to news outlets.
The charge he faces is a second-degree felony that carries a potential two- to 20-year prison sentence with a maximum $10,000 fine.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Saturday, "We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown."
"At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry's family and all of those who knew him and loved him," he said in a statement.
Brent pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2009, according to court records in Champaign, Illinois, where he played football with Brown at the University of Illinois. He received a 60-day sentence, a fine and 200 hours of community service.
CNN's Chandler Friedman and Jason Durand contributed to this report.