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Dashcam Video, 911 Calls in Fatal Cowboys Crash Released

Loved ones remember Brown during hometown vigil



    Irving Police released the dash camera from the police car that arrived on the scene of the fatal accident involving Dallas Cowboys players Josh Brent and Jerry Brown, as well as the first two calls to 911 after the crash. Brent is facing an intoxicated manslaughter charge related to the accident Saturday morning, and is free on bond. (Published Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012)

    The Irving Police Department on Thursday released two 911 calls and a dashboard-camera video of the fatal one-car crash scene involving Dallas Cowboys players Josh Brent and Jerry Brown Jr.

    Brown was killed in the crash, and Brent was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

    In the 911 calls, two different callers report an upside-down vehicle on the frontage road to State Highway 114 near Rochelle and O'Connor roads.

    One of the callers reported seeing smoke coming from the vehicle, and the other said the car was on fire.

    Loved Ones Remember Brown at Vigil

    [DFW] Loved Ones Remember Brown at Vigil
    Family and friends shared their memories of Dallas Cowboys practice-squad player Jerry Brown Jr. during a candlelight vigil outside his former high school in St. Louis.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012)

    In the short video, Brent's car can be seen upside down in the roadway. Video of other activity at the crash site was not released.

    Brown remembered at vigil in hometown

    A memorial was held Thursday evening in St. Louis at Brown's former high school to honor the athlete.

    Police Release 911 Tapes in Fatal Cowboys Crash

    [DFW] Police Release 911 Tapes in Fatal Cowboys Crash
    Police in the Dallas suburb where a Cowboys player was killed in a car accident have released audiotapes of two 911 calls reporting the crash. Defensive tackle Josh Brent faces an intoxicated manslaughter charge in Saturday morning's accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. Brent is free on bond. Police and prosecutors met today to discuss the case.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012)

    Three dozen people holding candles and pictures talked outside Vashon High School about their memories of Brown.

    Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, said she had spoken to Brent and forgives him.

    "I talked to Josh today before we came to the vigil, and I just told him to keep his head up; we're praying for him," she said. "And I still love him. He can call me at four in the morning; he can call me at twelve crying -- I don't care, because Jerry loved him like a brother."

    Brent is just like one of her sons, she said.

    "It was an accident. We were all young once. We've all done something stupid; we've all regretted what we've done, but we're here to live and see another day," she said. "Jerry's accident was God's way to tell us it was time for his servant to come home. And then Josh -- to get from this, he needs to go out and teach other people and reach other players and let them know never be ashamed to call and ask for a ride. Never be embarrassed, because that's what that service is there for."

    Prosecutor expects grand jury to hear case next month

    Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Harris Heath said Thursday he is confident the intoxication-manslaughter case will go to trial.

    "The fact that Mr. Brent is a Dallas Cowboy or any attention this case has gotten -- we're not going to treat it any differently," he said.

    Heath, whom Irving police briefed on the case, said he would look at all the factors, including evidence from the scene, such as sobriety tests.

    The day of the crash, Irving police said Brent was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.

    Exclusive police documents obtained by NBC 5 show that Brent failed tests such as the walk-and-turn, one-leg stand and visual sobriety tests that required him to follow light stimulus with his eyes. According to the documents, the responding officer said Brent "could not stand without swaying and following the green light stimulus that I was using. Mr. Price-Brent even caught himself swaying."

    Heath said he expects a grand jury to take the case by January.

    "Josh ought to get the same fair shake from the system that anybody else gets," said George Milner, Brent's attorney.

    Brent is free on $500,000 bail.