Willie Clark Darrent Williams Trial?
Willie Clark faced 21 counts and was found guilty of them all for the killing of Darrent Williams.
Before the verdict was announced, Clark, dressed in khaki pants and a long-sleeved button-down plaid shirt, sat with his attorneys in a starkly quiet courtroom.
Willie Clark was found guilty today of murdering Denver Broncos corner back Darrent Williams, in a New Year's Eve drive-by shooting a few years ago. Clark, who's suspected to be a member of a gang, will be sentenced on April 30, when he'll face a lifetime in prison.
How many years do you think Willie Clark is going to spend in jail? Is Willie Clark going to jail for life?
That will be the probable outcome of the trial and case.
Willie D. Clark, 26, was convicted of first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting death of Williams, who was a passenger in a limousine that was sprayed with gunfire in the early morning hours of January 1, 2007.
Clark was also convicted of assault and attempted murder for wounding two other people in the shooting. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on April 30.
Clark did not react to the verdict and only slightly shook his head. One of his defense attorneys reached over and put his arm around Clark.
Clark leaned back and looked at the ceiling once the jury was dismissed. He gave a small smile to relatives before he was taken from the courtroom in handcuffs.
According to the Associated Press, there's no word yet on whether the defense will appeal the case. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement, "After three long years, it is very gratifying to see closure brought to this case."
The jury deliberated for a day and a half after an 11-day trial then convicted Clark on all 21 counts he faced, including the murder of Williams and the attempted murders of the 16 others in a Hummer stretch limo with Williams.
Clark, 26, was also found guilty on 16 counts of attempted murder, one each for the surviving passengers in the Hummer limousine.
Williams was killed on New Year's Day 2007. Prosecutors said Clark fired the fatal shots from a sports utility vehicle that pulled up beside a hired limousine carrying Williams and some friends.
"It was this man, who indiscriminately, with universal maliciousness ... took it upon himself to unload his .40-caliber handgun into that limousine full of innocent people," Chief Deputy District Attorney Timothy Twining said in his closing argument.
"Nothing can ever bring Darrent Williams back or ease the suffering for (his mother) Rosalind and her grandchildren," Broncos president and CEO Pat Bowlen said in a statement. "But after three long years, it is very gratifying to see closure brought to this case. This process has been extremely difficult for the Williams family, his friends and teammates, this community, and the entire Denver Broncos organization."
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