Suspect indicted in '07 slaying of Bronco

A man, 25, was indicted yesterday on first-degree murder charges in the drive-by shooting death of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams on New Year's Day 2007.

Willie D. Clark faces 39 counts, including murder, attempted murder, assault, crimes of violence and a weapons violation, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said.


Clark is in federal custody in a separate case. He was long considered a "person of interest" in Williams' slaying but is the first suspect to be indicted.

Williams a former Oklahoma State standout, was shot and killed while riding in a rented limousine early on Jan. 1, 2007, after leaving the Safari Club, a Denver nightclub. He was 24.


The indictment said Williams and Clark were at the club with separate groups of friends and there was an altercation between the two groups. Quoting witnesses, it said Clark got into an SUV, followed the rented limo carrying Williams and opened fire.

At least 15 shots were fired into the limo. Williams was shot in the neck, and two other passengers, Nicole Reindl and Brandon Flowers, were wounded, the indictment said.

Kansas City Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said the Brandon Flowers injured in the attack is not the Chiefs rookie cornerback of the same name.

Also in the limousine was then-Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker, who held the dying Williams in his arms. Walker, now with the Oakland Raiders, wasn't injured.

Cowboys:: Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was involved in a fight with one of his bodyguards, according to Dallas police, the night before attending a previously scheduled team meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. No one was arrested and no one will be charged in connection with the fight late Tuesday night at The Joule, an upscale downtown hotel. Jones missed last season for Tennessee while serving an NFL suspension for off-the-field incidents. Goodell fully reinstated the cornerback, acquired by Dallas in a trade in April, just before the season opener.

Colts:: Marvin Harrison is being sued by a man who says he was shot in the hand and body in April by the star wide receiver. Harrison, who was never arrested or charged, is being sued by Dwight Dixon for $100,000 in damages in a suit filed in Philadelphia on Sept. 2. Police are investigating the shooting.

More Colts:: Coach Tony Dungy said starting cornerback Kelvin Hayden won't play against the Ravens on Sunday because of a left knee injury. Dungy didn't provide any additional details and wouldn't speculate how long Hayden could be out.

Patriots:: Quarterback Tom Brady underwent surgery on his left knee this week, a month after he was sidelined with the season-ending injury, The Boston Globe said. The paper reported that the operation was performed Monday in Los Angeles. Brady was hurt in the first quarter of the season opener Sept. 7 when he was hit by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard.


Bengals:: Quarterback Carson Palmer will limit his throwing during practice this week to rest his sore elbow, hoping to be ready for the Jets on Sunday. Palmer strained his right elbow in a loss to the Giants on Sept. 21. He sat out a 20-12 defeat to the Browns the next week. Palmer threw Friday and played in a 33-21 loss at Dallas that dropped Cincinnati to 0-5.

Jets:: Safety Eric Smith will sit out Sunday's game against the Bengals after the NFL denied his appeal of a one-game suspension and fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Smith was suspended last week after the scary play near the end of New York's 56-35 win Sept. 28. Boldin is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a sinus fracture.

Saints:: New Orleans placed kicker Martin Gramatica on injured reserve and re-signed sixth-round draft pick Taylor Mehlhaff, a kicker. Gramatica, who had been kicking with a sore groin, has missed four field goals in the past three games.

Jaguars:: Wide receiver Matt Jones' cocaine charge will be heard in drug court rather than in the regular criminal system, allowing him to keep any conviction off his record. Jones was to have gone on trial tomorrow for his arrest July 10, when a Fayetteville, Ark., police officer saw him inside a car allegedly cutting up cocaine with a credit card.

Jurisprudence:: Former Broncos running back Travis Henry could be released from jail today after posting a $400,000 bond on federal drug charges. Henry and another suspect, James Mack, were arrested Sept. 30 in Denver after federal drug agents said they met to buy cocaine from a man who was cooperating with authorities.