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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

NFL: Judge rejects new trial in Darrent Williams death

Associated Press

DENVER The man convicted of killing Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams has lost his initial bid for a new trial.

Denver District Judge Christina Habas turned down the request Tuesday from Willie Clark.

Clark was convicted last month of first-degree murder in Williams' death on New Year's Day 2007. Clark faces life in prison at his sentencing hearing on Friday.

His attorneys asked for a new trial last week, alleging jury misconduct. Among other things, they say a juror received a text message about the case during deliberations.

Habas says the attorneys didn't establish adequate grounds to attack the verdict.