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Former Oklahoma State University basketball player won't be retried

Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee announced Monday he will not retry Darrell Williams, former Oklahoma State University basketball player, in connection with rape by instrumentation and sexual battery.
by Nolan Clay Modified: June 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014

STILLWATER — Former Oklahoma State University basketball player Darrell Williams will not face a second sexual assault trial.

Because of jury misconduct, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in April overturned Williams’ conviction. Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee announced Monday he would not retry Williams.

“The two victims ... who courageously testified about the incident, desire to move on with their lives after college and not go through the trauma of testifying again,” Lee said.

Williams, now 24, denied the sexual assault, saying the women mistook him for the assailant.

He was convicted at a 2012 trial of two counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery. He was sentenced to a year on probation.

The two women testified at the trial that he groped them against their will at an off-campus party in December 2010. The appeals court reversed his conviction because several jurors made unauthorized visits to the crime scene and then discussed their personal observations with the others during jury deliberations.

His appeals attorney, John Coyle, said, “This has been a long and difficult road for Darrell Williams, his family and the OSU basketball team and coaching staff that believed in him. The truth ultimately won.”

Williams, who is from Chicago, said after the trial he hopes to play basketball professionally someday.

>>Read: Former OSU basketball player Darrell Williams released from jail after 1-year sentence suspended (Published Oct. 12, 2012)

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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