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Darrent Williams suspected killer- new article
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DENVER (AP) -- Bail has been set at $2 million in a murder case against a man who is also charged in the separate drive-by slaying of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.
Willie Clark had a bail hearing Wednesday in the shooting death of Kalonniann Clark, who was scheduled to testify in an attempted murder case.
Authorities say Kalonniann Clark's case isn't related to William's death, and there is no known relationship between Kalonniann Clark and Willie Clark.
Willie Clark is being held without bail in the New Year's Day 2007 shooting death of Williams.
More than a dozen armed sheriff's deputies stood in the courtroom during the bond hearing for Clark and two co-defendants, Brian Hicks and Shun Birch, the alleged triggerman.
A judge set Hicks' bail at $2 million and Birch's at $1 million. All three are scheduled to enter pleas at their June 26 arraignments.
Birch's family and defense attorney Mandarin Bowers had asked Denver District Judge Christina M. Habas to free Birch on $50,000 bail, citing Birch's strong family support, employment prospects and relatively clean criminal record.
"There's no way, in an execution of an attempted murder victim that I can, in good conscious, set that kind of bond," Habas told Bowers and the dozen of Birch's supporters in the gallery.
During the hearing, prosecutor Bruce Levin said Kalonniann Clark was killed the day before a pretrial hearing in Hicks' attempted murder case, in which he was accused of trying to kill Kalonniann Clark.
Hicks had been charged with attempted first-degree murder, illegal discharge of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a previous offender in the June 2005 shooting of Kalonniann Clark outside a club. Authorities say Kalonniann Clark survived and was scheduled to testify against Hicks at the time of her death.
Levin said Hicks' attempted murder case was dismissed after Kalonniann Clark's slaying. Prosecutors have said Kalonniann Clark was also scheduled to testify against Hicks in a drug case.
Willie Clark is accused of arranging the slaying of Kalonniann Clark at the request of Hicks, who was in jail at the time. Prosecutors allege Willie Clark hired 27-year-old Shun Birch, who Levin said in court Wednesday killed Kalonniann Clark in exchange for marijuana.
Clark, a suspected gang member who is also known as "Little Let Loose" and "Lil Willie," is scheduled to go on trial July 6 in Williams' slaying.
Clark is accused of driving an SUV and firing into Williams' rented limo, according to an indictment handed up in October. Williams was shot in the neck and died in the arms of then-Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker, who was in the limo. Walker, now with the Oakland Raiders, wasn't injured. Two other passengers were wounded but survived.