Suspect Charged in Darrent Williams Murder Case

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IOctober 9, 2008

It's been nearly two years since 24-year-old Denver Broncos' cornerback Darrent Williams was killed during a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day, 2007.

"Oh, I got bittersweet news today," Williams' mother, Rosalind Williams of Fort Worth, Texas, told the Associated Press. "There's still a long ways to go, a long trial ahead. And we have to make sure this doesn't happen to another family, too."

The news? Yesterday, someone was finally charged with her son's death.

Willie Clark, 25, a long-time suspect in the case, was charged with 39 counts, including first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder. Clark was arrested by federal officials four days after Williams' murder on unrelated drug charges.

According to court documents, both Williams and Clark were at the Safari Club in Denver, Colorado, with separate groups of friends when an argument broke out between the groups. The documents go on to say that taunts between the two groups continued outside the club, and, according to a witness, a "large" man from the cornerback's group allegedly grabbed Clark "about the head."

The indictment continues with Clark asking a friend for a gun, or what he called "a heater," and that Clark and his friends, in a black SUV, caught up with Williams', who was in a Hummer limo.

About 15 shots were fired into the Hummer limo with two weapons—a .40-caliber gun and a .45 handgun.

"Obviously there's more than one shooter," Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said.

Two of Williams' passengers were injured, while he was shot in the neck. Williams died in the arms of former Denver Bronco Javon Walker, who was uninjured in the shooting.

More arrests in this case are expected.