Suspected gang member Willie Clark was found guilty of murder Thursday in the drive-by shooting death of Broncos CB Darrent Williams on New Year’s Day 2007. A jury returned the verdict after an 11-day trial and a day and a half of deliberation.
Clark faces a sentence of life in prison. There was no immediate word on a possible appeal. Prosecutors said Clark fired the fatal shots from an SUV that pulled up beside a rented limo carrying Williams and some friends. Clark was angry over an altercation involving friends of Williams and friends of Clark that occurred in a nightclub just before the shooting, prosecutors said. A member of Williams' group had sprayed champagne on New Year's partiers.
"After three long years, it is very gratifying to see closure brought to this case," Broncos president and CEO Pat Bowlen said in a statement. "This process has been extremely difficult for the Williams family, his friends and teammates, this community, and the entire Denver Broncos organization."