A former Oklahoma State University basketball player’s sexual assault conviction has been reversed because several jurors made unauthorized visits to the crime scene.
Darrell Williams, now 24, was convicted at a 2012 trial in Stillwater of two counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery.
Williams was sentenced to a year on probation.
Two women testified at the trial that he groped them against their will at an off-campus party in December 2010.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals reversed his conviction Tuesday because of the visits and because jurors discussed their observations about the lighting at the crime scene.
Prosecutors had contended the error was harmless.
“We do not agree,” Vice Presiding Judge Clancy Smith wrote. “The lighting at the time of the crime was not only material, it was crucial to the state’s claim that Williams was the perpetrator, and to Williams’ claim that the victims’ identification of him was a mistake.