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'Person of interest' in Darrent Williams shooting denies role

DENVER -- A man police consider a person of interest in the
slaying of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams has denied he
was involved in the slaying.

"I was not involved or present," Willie Clark told the Rocky
Mountain News in a letter reported in Tuesday editions.

Williams died from a gunshot
wound in his neck as he and others were riding in a limousine after
a News Year's party at a Denver nightclub.

The shots were fired from a white sport-utility vehicle that
police said was registered to Brian Hicks, an accused gang leader
who was behind bars at the time. Investigators have accused Clark
of working for Hicks in an alleged drug operation.

Clark is in jail on drug charges. He was arrested on a parole
violation four days after Williams was killed, released briefly in
July and arrested again after a grand jury indicted him and other
suspected gang members on the drug charges.

No one has been arrested on charges stemming directly from the
shooting.

Clark said he didn't know who killed Williams.

The News said it had received three letters from Clark. In one,
Clark accused three people of implicating him in Williams' slaying.
He did not identify them but said they were hoping to get shorter
prison sentences on drug or weapons charges by appearing to
cooperate with the Williams investigation.

In the letters, Clark also denied any drug violations.

"I do not condone black-on-black violence or gang violence,"
Clark wrote. "I'm no saint but ... sure ain't no member of no
gang, drug dealer and most importantly I'm no murderer."

Robert Fuller, an agent with the Metro Gang Task Force, has said
the group accused in the drug case may be linked to several
unsolved homicides. At a hearing in July, Fuller testified that
Clark started by working as a runner for Clark and later starting
making his own crack to sell. Fuller said the information came from
two confidential informants.