Judge in Brent case tells lawyers to watch words

By: NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press
By: NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas judge has ordered attorneys to be careful about their public comments in the intoxication manslaughter case of ex-Cowboy Josh Brent.

Judge Robert Burns on Friday told attorneys that the case has gotten excessive pretrial publicity - some of it inaccurate.

Brent is charged in a December car wreck that killed a Dallas practice squad player and friend, Jerry Brown.

Brent's attorney asked Burns to step in after Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins told a radio station that Brent "still uses alcohol and illicit drugs." Brent has tested positive twice for drugs, but authorities have not presented definitive evidence that Brent was drinking since the crash.

No gag order was issued.

Brent, who faces trial in September, didn't comment after court. He retired Thursday from the NFL team.

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