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Cowboys, including one charged, at service for player killed in crash

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Cowboys paid tribute to Jerry Brown at a private memorial Tuesday that included Josh Brent, the player charged with intoxication manslaughter in the one-car accident that killed his teammate.

Quarterback Tony Romo, owner Jerry Jones and other players, executives and staff members arrived at the service on a sunny, chilly afternoon at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. Brent arrived earlier than most in a van with several other people and hugged an unidentified woman before walking into the building.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday the team would "support Josh 100 per cent in every way that we can." The NFL has "no issue" with Brent being at team facilities, spokesman Greg Aiello said.

Police in suburban Irving say Brent was speeding early Saturday when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped. Brown was taken to a Dallas hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers found Brent at the accident scene pulling Brown from the wreck, according to an arrest affidavit. However, a woman who arrived moments after the accident said Brent didn't try to save his friend's life until she begged him.

"Jerry was alive," Stacee McWilliams of Irving told The Dallas Morning News. "He was hurt. He was calling out, and his own friend walked away." McWilliams, a 40-year-old insurance company employee, said she was on her way home from her birthday party when she noticed the wreck and stopped. She told the newspaper Monday she could no longer talk about the case on the instruction of Irving police.

Brent's attorney, George Milner, told the Associated Press an investigating officer told him the woman's story didn't match the circumstances of Brown's death. Milner said he was told Brown "wasn't talking to anyone. He wasn't moaning. He was dead."

Milner said the woman also told police that Irving fire personnel weren't at the scene, another fact that isn't consistent with what really occurred.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 12, 2012 D2

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