Denver star assists murder trial

Among the more riveting testimony of the three-day Darrent Williams trial was supplied by Denver star linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

He testified Thursday afternoon and was the first Denver player to hit the stand. Dumervil testified that he recorded a phone conversation with a witness shortly after Williams, Denver’s starting right cornerback, was shot and killed on Jan. 1, 2007, in downtown Denver.

Dumervil was friends with the witness. Dumervil met with Denver police two days later and played the tape for them. It was a chilling moment in the trial, which is expected to last two weeks.

Dumervil -- who led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009 -- is already a hero in Denver. He will be further revered in the city if he helps the prosecution bring a conviction in the case.

Dumervil is likely going to be a restricted free agent beginning March 5. Denver will try to keep him.