Attorney: Man has no knowledge of Williams shooting

Updated: January 9, 2007, 2:07 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- An attorney for a 23-year-old man facing police questioning in the slaying of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams said Monday that his client knows nothing about the shooting.

In the first public comments made on his behalf, Willie Clark's attorney, Michael Andre, also said his client's arrest for an alleged parole violation is the result of mistaken identity, Denver media reported. Andre did not immediately return a call left at his office by The Associated Press.

"My hope is to start clearing this man's name," said Andre, after meeting with Clark for about 40 minutes Monday afternoon at the Denver City and County Jail.

And, Andre said, "Mr. Clark does not have any information concerning the Darrent Williams investigation."

Williams was shot as he drove away from a New Year's Eve party at a nightclub in a stretch Hummer limousine. Police won't say whether they know the motive for the slaying but have said there was an altercation at the club.

Denver Police have not called Clark a suspect but said they hoped he could provide information that could help solve the case. In a statement, police said there were no new developments in the case.

Clark grew up in the same neighborhood as 28-year-old Brian Hicks, the registered owner of a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe that is similar to witnesses' description of a vehicle used in the shooting, Andre said.

Hicks has been jailed since Nov. 9 on a charge of possessing drugs with intent to distribute. He also is accused of shooting at a woman who was later killed a week before she was to testify against him.

Andre said Clark was mistakenly picked up on a parole hold for a traffic violation that he claimed involves one of Clark's cousins. A hearing Monday on those traffic violations was postponed until Wednesday morning.

Police would not comment on whether Hicks, 28, had agreed to be interviewed or whether gang involvement was suspected in Williams' death.

Andre denied reports that Clark was involved with a gang.

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