Lawyer: Client ‘treated as suspect’ in Williams slaying
DENVER ” A man facing federal drug charges is “being treated as a suspect” in the drive-by slaying of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, his attorney said in a court filing.
Alaurice Tafoya-Modi filed a motion in federal court Friday asking for more help defending Willie DeWayne Clark on cocaine charges, saying the drug case “will likely be affected by his treatment as a suspect in the unsolved murder of Mr. Williams.”
Denver police have said only that Clark is a person of interest in the case.
A federal judge denied Tafoya-Modi’s request, calling it premature.
Williams, 24, died from a gunshot wound in the neck and two other people were injured as they were riding away from a New Year’s Eve party at a Denver nightclub in a stretch Hummer limousine.
No one has been arrested on charges stemming directly from the shooting.
Clark was arrested on a parole violation four days after Williams’ death and ordered to spend 180 days in prison. After his release, he was turned over to federal authorities to face charges of cocaine possession and distribution.
Clark was scheduled to appear in federal court later Wednesday.
An arrest warrant affidavit alleged Clark worked for a gang-linked drug organization run by Brian Hicks, the registered owner of the sport utility vehicle that authorities believe was used in the Williams’ slaying.
Hicks was in jail awaiting trial on attempted murder charges when Williams was killed.