Judge enters plea in NFL player's death

Feb. 20, 2009 at 8:04 PM
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DENVER, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A Denver judge Friday entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a suspect in the killing of former Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.

District Court Judge Christina Habas entered the plea on behalf of alleged gang member Willie Clark, saying she wanted the case against Clark to get moving despite objections of defense attorneys. Habas then set a two-week trial beginning July 6, the Rocky Mountain News reported.

The 24-year-old Williams had played three NFL seasons for the Broncos when he was shot and killed in his Hummer limousine early on New Year's Day 2007 as he and others left a party at a Denver nightclub.

Clark was charged as the gunman and was indicted on 39 criminal counts, including first-degree murder. He is accused of firing as many as 15 shots into the limo in which Williams was a passenger.

The fatal shooting followed an earlier confrontation inside a nightclub.

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