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Jury expected to begin deliberations in trial of former Cowboys player

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Jurors are expected to begin deliberating the fate of a former Dallas Cowboys football player on Tuesday, charged in the drunk driving death of a former teammate in 2012.

Josh Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter after he flipped his Mercedes on a highway service road outside of Dallas back in December of 2012. That crash killed his passenger and teammate Jerry Brown.

Investigators found Brent was traveling at high rates of speed, with a blood alcohol content of .18 at the time of the crash, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Authorities also found Brown’s BAC to be .079, just under the limit at the time of his death.

Brent and Brown had reportedly both been with other Cowboys players, drinking at a nightclub on the night of the crash.

Two of those players testified in the trial last week, but said they were not sure how much Brent had to drink before getting behind the wheel.

Defense attorneys have argued speed, not alcohol, is to blame for the crash and Brown’s death. They believe the BAC samples were flawed and argue that Brent--weighing 320 pounds--would not have been able to drink as much as required to reach the levels shown in his BAC results.

If Brent is found guilty, Brent could face punishment ranging from probation to up to 20 years in prison.

Closing arguments are set to begin after court resumes on Tuesday at 9 A.M. The decision will then be left in the hands of the 12 jurors in the trial.

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