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Mar 8, 2010 5:12 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Defense rests in Darrent Williams slaying trial

Lawyers for a man accused of shooting and killing Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams have rested their case without calling the defendant to testify.

Willie Clark faces first-degree murder and other charges. Clark told Denver District Judge Christina Habas on Monday he'd like to testify but he fears for his and his family's safety. His attorney says gang members threatened to turn Clark into "Swiss cheese."

Prosecutors are expected to present rebuttal witnesses next.

Williams was in a limousine with other football players when he was shot on New Year's Day 2007. They had just left a nightclub where prosecutors say Williams' group got into an altercation with a group that included Clark.

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