Josh Brent, the Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman whose drunk driving caused the death of his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown, was officially indicted on intoxication manslaughter charges Wednesday (Dec. 26).
Brent was released from custody on $100,000 bond, reduced from $500,000, following the Dec. 8 fatal car accident in Texas.
According to CBS News, Brent's arrest report puts his blood alcohol level at 0.189, twice the legal limit. Additionally, Brent had no proof of insurance, and was driving on a suspended license.
Brent was “speeding over the limit,” and “failed to drive in a single lane,” while intoxicated. He hit a right curb, lost control of the wheel before his vehicle flipped over.
Both men were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.
Brown was pronounced dead at a local hospital. After his arrest and release, Brent put out a statement expressing his “devastation” and “grief” over the loss of his friend with whom he also played college football.
As for his career, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced that Brent has been placed on the team's “reserve list” making him ineligible to play. “He will be subject to league discipline at the appropriate time,” Aiello said.
Despite the loss of her son, Brown's mother is said to be in support of Brent and asked that the team do the same.
If convicted, Brent faces up to 20 years in prison.