Cowboys player Josh Brent ordered to wear ankle monitor

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The Dallas Cowboys player accused of killing a teammate in an alcohol-involved wreck in Irving earlier this month will have to wear a special ankle monitor to ensure that he is not consuming alcohol while free on bond, a state district judge ordered Tuesday.

State District Judge Fred Tinsley ordered the additional bond conditions against Josh Brent during a hearing Tuesday morning in Dallas County but also reduced the defensive tackle's bond from $500,000 to $100,000, according to Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman with the Dallas County district attorney.

Denmon said Brent was driving with an expired and suspended Illinois license when he crashed his Mercedes-Benz in Irving Dec. 8.

Irving police have said Brent was dragging his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown, from his burning car when officers arrived on the scene. Brown, 25, was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Brent was arrested on suspicion of DWI based on a field sobriety test at the scene and was taken to a hospital for a mandatory blood draw. He was booked into jail on one count of intoxication manslaughter and later released on bond.

Denmon said if Brent wants to drive, he will have to show proof to the court that he has obtained a valid Texas driver's license. An ignition interlock device would also have to be installed on his vehicle under the bond conditions, she said.

Brent has been placed on the reserve/non-football illness list by the Dallas Cowboys.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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