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Dallas Cowboys Member Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter

A nose tackle for the Dallas Cowboys will face intoxication manslaughter charges in Texas following his recent indictment. The NFL player was jailed, but released on a $100,000 bond one day later. He currently awaits his trial in Dallas County, although the district attorney's office for the county said that no date has been set for that trial. Police say the 24-year-old player caused a drunk driving accident that left his friend and fellow Cowboy dead.

Prosecutors say the suspect and his passenger left a Dallas night club after a night of heavy drinking in the suspect's car. The vehicle reportedly overturned after the suspect lost control of the car and struck a curb. His 25-year-old passenger sustained serious injuries in the accident, prompting emergency response personnel to transport him to a nearby hospital for treatment. However, he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The suspect sustained minor injuries. According to the accident report, neither of the car's occupants was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash. The damaged car was towed and sent to a police impound.

Police officers who responded to the scene say the suspect had a suspended and expired driver's license and also claimed to have discovered an unopened bottle of alcohol near the crash site. They reportedly administered a breathalyzer test, finding the suspect's blood alcohol level to be 0.189 percent, over twice that of Texas's legal limit. If convicted of the charges against him, the suspect would face between two and 20 years in prison. He was convicted of drunk driving once before in 2009.

Individuals found guilty of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Texas face severe penalties, especially if they have multiple convictions on their criminal records. Those facing accusations of drunk driving should contact a qualified criminal defense attorney to ensure their rights are protected in court.

Source: USA Today, "Cowboys' Brent indicted on intoxication manslaughter," Brent Schrotenboer, Dec. 26, 2012