The story comes from ESPN via the Associated Press
Denver District Attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough says jail deputies found the weapon in Willie D. Clark's maximum-security cell in the Denver jail during a search for a missing piece of metal.
Clark is being held without bail.
He faces murder charges in the 2007 New Year's Day drive-by slaying of Williams, and in the 2006 shooting death of Kalonniann Clark, a witness in an unrelated drug case.
Clark now faces a charge of introducing contraband.
This is an interesting development. Having worked in corrections before, I can tell you that a contraband charge (even for a weapon) is often handled in-house with an administrative hearing. The result of the hearing typically further restricts the inmate, and the record is forwarded with the inmate when he transfers to prison (which can lead to more restrictions). But in this case, the issue is also going to go external (to a court).
What makes this interesting is what we can speculate on, based on the news.
- Given his gang affiliation status, his two murder chargers, and the fact that he made a "shank", he is likely classified as a restricted housing inmate.
- He is also likely getting no breaks from the prosecution. While one could speculate that this is another charge that could be used as a bargaining chip, my read is that this guy has been uncooperative during the process, and no deals have been on the table yet. His behavior is not the behaviour of a guy expecting to beat a case. He will lose "good time" for a contraband charge.
- Despite being in a restricted setting within the jail's system, he either feels threatened (most likely), or has a vendetta against another inmate. Either way, the appearance is that he is not expecting to be released anytime soon. Perhaps his peers are Broncos fans. : )
Hats off to the jail deputies for finding the shank, and perhaps saving a life, not to mention adding to this dirt bag's prison time.