OSU basketball player Darrell Williams found guilty

Williams breaks down when verdict read. Coach Travis Ford and other members of OSU basketball program brought to tears.
BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Published: July 23, 2012

STILLWATER - Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams was found guilty on two counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery Monday night at the Payne County Courthouse.

The jury recommended one year of imprisonment for each count of rape by instrumentation and no prison time for the sexual battery charge. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 24, decided by the judge. Williams was found not guilty on two other charges of rape by instrumentation.

As the first guilty verdict was read, Williams began to break down, sobbing and banging the table in front of him. Many in the audience, including Cowboys coach Travis Ford and others connected with the basketball program, were brought to tears, yelling of Williams' innocence.

Because of his emotional outburst, Williams was remanded to the sheriff's custody with no chance of pre-sentencing bond.

“My brother didn't do it,” Williams' sister, Alicia, yelled as her brother was taken out of the courtroom.

The charges stem from an incident that took place Dec. 10, 2010, at an off-campus party. Two women said Williams stuck his hand in their pants without consent.

Over the past two-plus emotional weeks, the defense and prosecution have presented conflicting cases.

The state relied on impassioned victim testimony, unwavering in its claim that Williams was the one who committed the crimes.

The defense questioned much of the victim's story, including the short timeline of events and the lack of physical evidence.

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