Broncos players offer $100K reward in Williams case

Updated: January 10, 2007, 9:25 PM ET
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DENVER -- The Broncos said members of the NFL organization are offering a $100,000 reward through Denver Crime Stoppers for information that leads to the arrest and filing of charges against a suspect or suspects in the shooting death of cornerback Darrent Williams.

The team's reward is in addition to the standard $2,000 reward offered by Denver Crime Stoppers.

Meanwhile, a man held for questioning in the fatal drive-by shooting of Williams is frustrated by his arrest and his family is fearful, his attorney said Wednesday.

Willie Clark, 23, was arrested Friday after police said his name came up in the investigation. He was being held for an alleged parole violation unrelated to the slaying of Williams.

Clark's attorney, Michael Andre, declined to say whether Clark has been questioned by police. "We are not discussing anything related to his potential cooperation as we do not want to create a perception that could endanger his life or his presumption of innocence," Andre said.

Police, who said Clark's name came up in the investigation, have not called Clark a suspect but said they hoped he could provide information that could help solve the case. Andre has said previously that Clark has no information about the shooting.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Wednesday there had been no further arrests in the case.

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

Andre has said Clark knows nothing about Williams' shooting. He declined to say Wednesday whether Clark has been questioned by police.

"We are not discussing anything related to his potential cooperation as we do not want to create a perception that could endanger his life or his presumption of innocence," Andre said.

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

Hicks was in jail on drug charges when Williams was shot. Hicks is also accused of shooting at a woman who was later killed a week before she was to testify against him.

Clark, who was on parole for an auto theft conviction, is accused of living in a different house than the one listed in his parole agreement. Andre denied the allegation but said it could take months to clear up.

After Clark was arrested Friday, police discovered an arrest warrant accusing him of driving with revoked license, Andre said. Andre said the suspect in that case was actually Stephen Howard, a cousin of Clark's who once used Clark's name.

Howard, 24, appeared in Denver County Court Wednesday and was ordered held until a judge could schedule a hearing to positively identify both men.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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