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DENVER -- Attorneys for the man accused of shooting Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams to death are asking a judge to exclude statements he made to a detective in which he allegedly admitted to writing a letter that implicates him in the killing.

Denver District Judge Christina Habas says she will rule this week on the request by attorneys for 26-year-old Willie Clark. Clark was set to go on trial July 6 for the New Year's Day 2007 shooting but Habas rescheduled it for Oct. 13 at the requests of his attorneys.

Clark's attorneys say his statements to detectives about the letter should be thrown out because they were trying to set him up.

Clark is facing 39 charges, including first-degree murder, in Williams' slaying. Clark has pleaded not guilty.

He is also charged in another case with the murder of a woman in 2006 who was set to testify that a gang member fired shots at her outside a nightclub in Denver in 2005.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.