Monday, January 8, 2007
Attorney: Man has no knowledge of Williams shooting
DENVER -- An attorney for a 23-year-old man facing police
questioning in the slaying of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent
Williams said Monday that his client knows nothing about the
In the first public comments made on his behalf, Willie Clark's
attorney, Michael Andre, also said his client's arrest for an
alleged parole violation is the result of mistaken identity, Denver
media reported. Andre did not immediately return a call left at his
office by The Associated Press.
"My hope is to start clearing this man's name," said Andre,
after meeting with Clark for about 40 minutes Monday afternoon at
the Denver City and County Jail.
And, Andre said, "Mr. Clark does not have any information
concerning the Darrent Williams investigation."
Williams was shot as he drove away from a New Year's Eve party
at a nightclub in a stretch Hummer limousine. Police won't say
whether they know the motive for the slaying but have said there
was an altercation at the club.
Denver Police have not called Clark a suspect but said they
hoped he could provide information that could help solve the case.
In a statement, police said there were no new developments in the
Clark grew up in the same neighborhood as 28-year-old Brian
Hicks, the registered owner of a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe that is
similar to witnesses' description of a vehicle used in the
shooting, Andre said.
Hicks has been jailed since Nov. 9 on a charge of possessing
drugs with intent to distribute. He also is accused of shooting at
a woman who was later killed a week before she was to testify
Andre said Clark was mistakenly picked up on a parole hold for a
traffic violation that he claimed involves one of Clark's cousins.
A hearing Monday on those traffic violations was postponed until
Police would not comment on whether Hicks, 28, had agreed to be
interviewed or whether gang involvement was suspected in Williams'
Andre denied reports that Clark was involved with a gang.