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Josh Brent Trial Postponed Until Jan. 9

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    The intoxication manslaughter trial for former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent has been postponed until Jan. 9, 2014. (Published Friday, Nov 1, 2013)

    The intoxication manslaughter trial for former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent has been postponed until Jan. 9, 2014.

    Brent is accused of driving drunk during a crash Dec. 8, 2012, in suburban Dallas that killed Jerry Brown Jr., his friend and a Cowboys' practice squad player. Brent faces 20 years in prison if convicted.

    Brent's trial was scheduled to begin Nov. 22. That day is a holiday in Dallas County, for the observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    While considering other dates, the judge didn't want to the trial to conflict with Thanksgiving or the Christmas holidays, so the trial was pushed back into early 2014, according to Brent's defense attorney George Milner.

    Last month, a Dallas grand jury added a charge of manslaughter against Brent. Milner said at the time that he wasn't surprised by the additional count being added, which could allow a jury to find Brent guilty without finding that he was intoxicated.

    Brent retired from the NFL in July.