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State can refile attempted murder charge in Williams case

10/15/2007 - NFL Darrent Williams Denver Broncos + more

DENVER -- A judge threw out an attempted-murder charge
Monday against a man who owns the vehicle that police believe was
used in the fatal drive-by shooting of Denver Broncos cornerback
Darrent Williams.

Brian Hicks was charged in connection with a 2005 gunfire attack
that was unrelated to Williams' slaying. Hicks was in jail when
Williams was killed as he and others were riding away from a New
Year's Eve party at a Denver nightclub.

A Denver district judge dismissed the attempted-murder charge
Monday because federal authorities, who have Hicks in custody in a
third, unrelated case, refused to make him available in the state
case by a Friday deadline.

Federal authorities are pursuing a drug case against Hicks and
have priority over the state case.

State prosecutors said they would review their options,
including the possibility of refiling the attempted-murder charge
after the federal case against Hicks is wrapped up.