Crime

Darrent Williams murder trial, day twelve: Another dismissed alternate juror would have voted to acquit

Westword is covering the trial of Willie Clark, accused of murdering Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams early on New Year's Day 2007. The most recent updates for the day will be at the top; to check out the account chronologically at day's end, read from the bottom up. Click here for accounts and links related to the first week of testimony, here for week two, here for day ten, and here for day eleven.

4:49 p.m.: The jurors went home for the day. They have not reached a verdict.

They'll be back at 9 a.m. tomorrow to continue deliberating.

2:31 p.m.: The jury is still deliberating. There's no indication when they'll come back.

An alternate juror who was dismissed yesterday spoke with several reporters in the hallway a few minutes ago. The juror, a 24-year-old black man who only wanted be identified as "Juror 371," said had he remained on the jury, he would have voted that Clark is innocent.

"There's not enough evidence," he said. The juror said he was bothered that while forensic evidence showed there were at least two shooters and two guns used to shoot into Williams's limo, the police only charged one suspect: Clark.

He said he was also disappointed that the police never investigated a tip that Daniel "PT" Harris -- the prosecution's star witness and the only witness to testify that he saw Clark shoot into the limo -- was actually the shooter. Harris's testimony that Clark did it wasn't believable, the juror said.

The prosecution "was trying to hurry up and get this case out of the way," he said.

The alternate juror didn't speculate about the jury's ultimate decision. Two other dismissed jurors who spoke to Westword -- a 19-year-old man and a 42-year-old man -- had differing opinions. The 42-year-old said he thinks Clark is guilty and that his fellow jurors agree. The 19-year-old said the opposite.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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