Willie Clark’s fate will likely be put into the hands of a Denver jury today, as deliberations are expected to begin in deciding whether he is responsible for former Bronco Darrent Williams’ death. The Associated Press reports that prosecutors in the case are expected to call two final rebuttal witnesses before both sides present closing arguments, just one day after Clark, an alleged gang member, chose not to testify in his own defense. Clark is accused of shooting Williams after a fight at a Denver nightclub in the early hours of January 1, 2007. Williams was riding in a limousine with 16 other people and took a bullet to the neck. The case has been emotional for the city of Denver, but even more so for Williams’ family and the Denver Broncos themselves, including wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who has been the subject of headlines for several days now. He may be headed to the Seattle Seahawks, which would give the Broncos the sixth pick in next month’s NFL draft. Tacoma’s News Tribune thinks the Seahawks should let the mercurial wide receiver be someone else’s headache this season. “I don’t care how talented the guy is, or how badly the Seahawks need a receiver, or how many of the charges against [Marshall] have been dropped; this much involvement with domestic violence charges should be an absolute non-negotiable deal-breaker from the start,” writes Dave Boling.
The Onion’s local A.V. Club pegs Marshall a topnotch NFL talent and a “top-flight douchebag.” Marshall has said he’s open to coming back to Denver, but clearly he wants to kick the tires on earning big money in another city. Meanwhile, the Broncos are looking to further bolster their defensive line, bringing in San Diego’s Jamal Williams for a workout today, according to Mile High Report. Williams is a bit old, but the beefy defensive nose tackle has been dominating the Broncos for years. I, for one, would welcome the 13-year veteran, despite his affiliation with the Chargers. Nobody’s perfect.