Officer: Person of interest in Williams death denies shooting Broncos player

DENVER -- A man considered a person of interest in the
shooting death of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams wrote a
letter in state prison saying he did not kill Williams, a federal
agent testified Wednesday.

Willie DeWayne Clark, 24, wrote to another inmate saying
authorities had asked him about Williams' slaying "but I didn't do
it," Special Federal Officer Robert Fuller said during a hearing
in an unrelated drug case against Clark.

Williams, 24, a former Oklahoma State University standout, died
from a gunshot wound in the neck as he and others were riding away
from a New Year's Eve party at a Denver nightclub. Two other people
with Williams in the stretch Hummer limousine were injured.

No one has been arrested on charges stemming directly from the

Authorities identified Clark as a person of interest because
they allege he worked for a gang-linked drug organization run by
Brian Hicks, the owner of a sport utility vehicle that authorities
believe was used in Williams' slaying.

Hicks was in jail at the time, awaiting trial on attempted
murder charges.

Fuller said Clark's letter denying responsibility for the
slaying was written in March when he was serving a 180-day sentence
for a parole violation. Fuller said authorities obtained a copy of
the letter but did not know to whom it was written.

When Clark finished his parole violation sentence, he was turned
over to federal authorities on charges of possessing and
distributing cocaine. A judge refused Wednesday to set bail, citing
Clark's record of 31 missed court appearances on various charges.

He is due back in court Aug. 1.

Clark's lawyer, Alaurice Tafoya-Modi, said in a court filing
last week that Clark was being "treated as a suspect" in the
Williams case, The Denver Post reported Wednesday.

In the filing, Tafoya-Modi asked for additional help defending
him, saying the drug case would likely be affected by the Williams
investigation. The judge denied the request, calling it premature.

Court officials said Tafoya-Modi's filing was not available
Wednesday. She declined comment.

Denver police did not immediately return a phone call.

Denver police spokesman John White said Clark is still a person
of interest. He declined further comment.