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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: Dallas Cowboys player, Josh Brent attends a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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A judge has decided Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will have no change in his bond after it's been determined he hasn't been drinking alcohol.

Josh Brent's Bond to Stay the Same

A judge has decided Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will have no change in his bond after it's been determined he hasn't been drinking alcohol.
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A judge has decided Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will have no change in his bond after it's been determined he hasn't been drinking alcohol.

Prosecutors said Brent violated conditions of his bond and wanted it revoked pending trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge.

In court papers filed Thursday, prosecutors accused Brent of violating the terms of his release on bond by consuming alcohol and tampering with a device that detects the presence of alcohol in his body.

In a Dallas County courtroom Friday, it was revealed that Brent has not consumed alcohol, but has been in the presence of alcohol.  

His attorneys said they didn't know how the alcohol positives occurred, but suggested in court that they could have been triggered by things as benign as mouthwash or hand sanitizer.

With that information, the judge decided to not revoke or increase Brent's bond, though he did stipulate that he must be home by 3 a.m. and must wear a second monitoring device.  The second device takes a photograph of Brent, a breath sample and records his GPS location.

Brent sat silently throughout the nearly hour-long hearing, though at times he tapped one of his attorneys, George Milner, on the shoulder and whispered in his ear. He did not testify and declined to answer questions outside court.

"Bonds are put in place for a reason," said Debbie Denmon, spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, on Thursday. She added that the conditions in Brent's case must be especially stringent because someone died. "You don't get a free pass because of your celebrity status," she said.

Brent is currently free on a $100,000 bond after being charged in the Dec. 8 crash that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr., a passenger in the car. Police say Brent had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit for driving.

Brent's football career remains on hold pending the outcome of this case. He's scheduled for a fall trial date.

His attorney and a Dallas Cowboys spokesman declined to comment.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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