Willie Clark Trial Continues With Brandon Marshall the Center of Attention

March 1 2010, 9:07 AM

The trial of the man accused of killing former Denver Bronco Darrent Williams continues today, following Friday's emotional testimony by Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall testified that he was in some sort of altercation with Clark and another man outside the Shelter nightclub on Broadway in the minutes before the limo Williams and 16 other people were riding in was sprayed with bullets, according to The Denver Post. Other witnesses in the case have testified that Marshall's cousin sprayed champagne in the club and got Clark and some of his friends wet, which helped fuel the argument, but Marshall says he never saw that happen. Marshall cried through some of his testimony, especially when he recounted how he met former Bronco Javon Walker at the hospital after the shooting. Walker was apparently holding one of Williams' necklaces, which was covered in blood, and wouldn't let anybody else touch it.

Marshall says he thinks about Williams' death every night, an admission that's likely to fan the flames of rumors surrounding how the tragedy has impacted Marshall's behavior since. Marshall's status in Denver was a hot topic of conversation over the weekend, as the NFL held its annual scouting combine. Coach Josh McDaniels says negotiations with Marshall are ongoing, and adds some personal affections for a player he's been sparring with publicly in the past year. "I'm really fond of him--he's a good person," McDaniels says (via USA Today). "He’s a very good football player. [But] anytime you're dealing with players and contracts, you weigh a lot of things." The Seattle Times points out McDaniels hasn't given a definitive answer on Marshall's future, and Seattle is one of the cities he may end up playing in. The Seahawks now claim former Broncos quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates and former wide receivers coach Jedd Fisch. But McDaniels has said Marshall could easily return to the Broncos, notes Pro Football Talk, which thinks bringing back Marshall, among other players, is likely to add more distractions to the sidelines, not less.