Crime

Darrent Williams murder: New trial bid rejected, Willie Clark sentencing Friday

Last week, Westword's Melanie Asmar reported that lawyers for Willie Clark, who was convicted last month of killing former Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, had asked for a new trial based on alleged irregularities.

Among the charges contained in motion (read it by clicking here): Jurors discussed whether Clark was guilty before the trial was over.

This argument didn't sway Denver District Judge Christina Habas, who yesterday rejected the request.

According to Habas, Clark's attorneys didn't present enough fresh evidence to justify a new trial. That means Clark's Friday sentencing should move forward as scheduled.

To learn more about the Darrent Williams murder trial, read Asmar's articles "In the Hunt for Darrent Williams's Killer, the Cops Went on the Offensive Early" and "The Evidence That Put Willie Clark Away."

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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