3rd witness jailed in Denver Broncos murder trial
Ryan Summerlin March 4, 2010
DENVER – A third witness in the trial of a man accused of killing Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams has been jailed for refusing to testify.
The witness was ordered to jail Thursday by Denver District Judge Christina Habas. The man said he feared for his life if reporters named him, and wouldn’t testify even after media outlets agreed to identify him by only a first name.
Prosecutors wrapped up their case Thursday against Willie Clark, accused of shooting Williams after he left a Denver nightclub in 2007. Clark is a suspected gang member, and three witnesses so far have been jailed for refusing to testify against him.
The other witnesses, Kaitana “Markie” Jackson-Keeling and Mario Anderson, have been jailed since Feb. 24 on contempt charges for refusing to testify. Prosecutors say Jackson-Keeling and Anderson are friends of Clark’s who were in a Chevy Tahoe with Clark when shots were fired.
Habas, the judge, said in court Wednesday that the case is “saturated with witness intimidation.” Jackson-Keeling and Anderson have sent word to the court that they’ll remain in jail rather than testify against Clark.
Williams was gunned down while riding in a limousine with 16 other people on New Year’s Day 2007.
Clark’s defense opens Friday. He told the judge Thursday that he is unsure whether he’ll testify in his own defense. He faces first-degree murder charges and a possible life sentence if convicted.
The trial is expected to last another week.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com