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Oklahoma State football: Witness testifies against running back Devon Thomas for alleged robbery, burglary and shooting

by Kyle Fredrickson Modified: September 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm •  Published: September 4, 2014
Courtesy of The Tulsa World.
Courtesy of The Tulsa World.

TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom.

Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place, according to The Tulsa World.

Willison said Thomas had sent him text messages seeking marijuana and Xanax, then arranged a meeting at a mutual friend’s home. When Willison arrived, Thomas was alone inside sitting on a couch, Willison testified.

Willison said he went back outside to grab something from his car and was surrounded by a group of about 15 people. Some of those alleged suspects took $1,000 cash, recently purchased apparel in shopping bags, a 9 mm gun and the shoes Willison was wearing, he testified.

As Willison drove away, he said he heard yelling from the group followed by two-to-three gunshots, as well as a bullet “zip past” his right ear.

Following Willison’s testimony, two of the five defense attorney’s present cross-examined Willison and questioned how he could identify the suspects.

“I know these people, so of course I can pick them out,” Willison said.

Thomas, 19, and two others were charged by Tulsa County prosecutors in June with armed robbery, shooting with intent to kill and first-degree burglary.

A preliminary hearing for Thomas and five others accused in the case will be continued in two weeks, a Tulsa County judge ruled Wednesday.

An OSU spokesman confirmed Thomas is not enrolled in classes. When football coach Mike Gundy was asked about the possibility of Thomas playing this season, pending the legal process of this case, Gundy said, “he’s not on our team, he’s not on our roster, he’s not on scholarship.”

Thomas was a four-star recruit out of Broken Arrow and was among the top-rated commits in the Cowboys’ 2014 class. ESPN ranked him as the No. 15 running back in the country. Thomas finished his high school career with 3,796 rushing yards.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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