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Suspect in slaying of Broncos player in court

DENVER - A suspect in the slaying of Denver Broncoscornerback Darrent Williams has appeared in court in a separatehomicide case.

Willie Clark is charged in the 2006 shooting death of KalonniannClark of Denver. He was supposed to enter a plea Friday, but hisarraignment was postponed until Oct. 2.

Willie Clark also is charged with first degree murder in thedrive-by shooting death of Williams on New Year's Day 2007. Hefaces 39 counts in that case. The trial is set to begin Oct. 13.

Also charged in Kalonniann Clarks' death are Brian Hicks andShun Birch. The homicide is unrelated to Williams' slaying, butpolice say Hicks owned an SUV that was used during Williams'slaying.

Prosecutors say Kalonniann Clark was going to testify againstHicks in a drug case and that Hicks told Willie Clark to kill her.

Also Friday, a man considered a witness in the Williams case wasarrested when he was spotted in the courtroom. Marquise Harris hadan outstanding warrant for failing to appear at a previous hearingon Williams.

Harris told Judge Christina M. Habas that he feared for himselfand his family, and he gave a letter to the judge. A court clerksaid the letter was sealed to the public.

Habas released Harris, but warned him he would be arrested againif he failed to appear for future court dates.

The three defendants appeared in red jail jumpsuits Friday. Theywere handcuffed and chained around the waist and feet. Security wastight on the courthouse floor and everyone on the floor wasprohibited from using cell phones.


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