Court order springs Josh Brent from jail

Josh Brent

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Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent made a court appearance in Dallas on December 18, 2012 in connection with his intoxication manslaughter case.

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by CARLA WADE

WFAA

Posted on July 7, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was released from jail Sunday morning, weeks before his next scheduled court hearing.

Brent — who was jailed after violating terms of his probation on an intoxication manslaughter charge — wasn't expected to be released until that July 19 hearing.

A Dallas County spokeswoman said Brent was freed at 10:21 a.m. per a court order. It was not immediately clear what factors were involved in his release.

Brent had been returned to custody on June 27 after failing a second drug test, a violation of his probation.

Brent was behind the wheel of a vehicle that crashed in Irving on December 8, killing teammate Jerry Brown.

Brent is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of intoxication manslaughter.

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