Josh Brent's attorney claims crash witness statements 'defamatory'



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Posted on December 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM

IRVING -- George Milner, the attorney for Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent, came out firing Tuesday evening in a hastily-arranged news conference in the lobby of his downtown Dallas law office building Tuesday.

Milner was incensed by comments made by witness Stacee McWillams, who spoke to News 8 Monday night.

McWilliams characterized Brent’s response to his dying friend, fellow Cowboy Jerry Brown Jr., as lacking urgency. Milner called the statements "defamatory" in a news release Tuesday.

He said in conversations with the Irving Police Department, he has been told there are "inconsistencies" in McWilliams’ account, particularly her assertion that she heard Brown calling for help moments after the accident.

"It is believed Mr. Brown was already deceased and could not possibly have uttered the calls for help claimed by Ms. McWilliams," Milner said in the release.

Milner said police have also told him McWilliams admitted to them she had been drinking that night. A message sent to McWilliams from News 8 seeking clarity on that point didn’t get an immediate response.

Milner also claims a police source told him McWilliams claimed an officer used a medical device that police do not carry in their squad cars.

"I was asked earlier today by the Associated Press whether Ms. McWilliams statements will affect Josh’s defense. I replied, 'Not at all,'" Milner said in the release. "It just means Irving police will waste a lot of time chasing rabbit trails leading nowhere. And, at taxpayer expense.”

Milner closed the statement by saying Brent is "a giant, kind hearted teddy bear with a heart as big as his body."