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Willie Clark Won't Testify, Fears Being 'Turned Into Swiss Cheese'

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DENVER — A man accused of shooting and killing Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams says he won't testify on his own behalf, citing threats against him and his family.

Willie 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."

Clark faces first-degree murder and other charges.

A man who investigators say intercepted a jailhouse letter implicating Clark in the shooting agreed Monday to testify after refusing to do so earlier.

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.