Two Cowboys players testify in Josh Brent intoxication manslaughter trial
Dallas Cowboys safeties Barry Church and Danny McCray testified in former teammate Josh Brent’s intoxication manslaughter trial Thursday.
Church and McCray were with Brent the night of the December 2012 car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick also appeared in court but was not called to testify by the prosecution.
According to reports from The Dallas Morning News, McCray testified that a group of players spent the afternoon playing video games before leaving for dinner at Eddie V’s restaurant and then on to party at Club Privae.
McCray said the night out wasn’t typical because " … we were winning at this time. People were more relaxed."
McCray said he didn’t remember Brent ordering champagne and did not remember Brent leaving the club that night.
Receipts from the restaurant showed Brent and three other players ordered five glasses of wine, three bottles of wine, two shots of cognac and eight shots of the liquer Tuaca. Receipts at Club Privae showed Brent ordered three bottles of champagne.
Church then took the stand and said he did not remember if Brent drank shots at dinner but that he did remember Bent buying champagne at the club.
Waitresses from both establishments testified that they remember serving shots and champagne to Brent, but neither would say he appeared intoxicated.
On Wednesday, a toxicologist testified that Brent would have needed to consume 17 standard-sized drinks, based on his size, to reach the 0.18 percent blood alcohol content tests showed him to have had the night of the crash. The legal limit is .08 percent.
An Irving police investigator also testified that Brent was driving at least 110 mph when his car hit a curb, flipped onto its roof and killed Brown.
Brent had his head down when jurors were shown autopsy photos of Brown on Thursday. A defense attorney gave Brent a tissue to wipe his eyes.
Defense attorneys have argued that Brent was speeding but was not intoxicated. The defense has painstakingly questioned the validity of the toxicology tests.
The prosecution rested its case Thursday and the defense can begin calling witnesses, if it chooses.
Brent, who retired from the football last summer, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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