Witness Seeks Protection & Reward Money From Darrent Williams Murder Case
DENVER (CBS4) – A witness who took the stand in the Darrent Williams murder case is going to court himself seeking the $100,000 reward offered by the Denver Broncos through the Denver Crime Stoppers program.
Marquise Harris filed papers in federal court demanding that a judge declare him the recipient of the reward money. He names the city, police, district attorney and others in his action.
“They made a promise to me and my attorney that I would receive the $102,000 of reward money,” Harris said.
Harris intercepted and copied a jailhouse confession letter he says was written by Willie Clark, admitting to firing the gun in Williams’ murder.
“They viewed the letter as very significant to their case,” Harris said. “And the first piece of significant evidence that they really had pointing to an actual individual.”
Clark was convicted of killing the Broncos cornerback in a drive-by shooting early on New Year’s Day 2007 and was sentenced to life plus 1,152 years. Ever since Harris came forward, he says he and his family have received credible death threats. He says he needs the reward money to relocate.
“I feel my life is on the line, my family’s life is one the line,” Harris said.
A letter to Harris from the city of Denver says the police have no intention of relocating him and his family out of state. Denver police say nothing will be presented to the Crime Stoppers board in regards to where the money should go until all related cases are resolved.
– By Young Kim, CBS4 Intern