STILLWATER — Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams will now face four counts of rape by instrumentation and a count of sexual battery at a trial slated to begin in May.
Williams was originally charged with just three counts of rape by instrumentation and the sexual battery count after two female OSU students accused the Cowboy forward of improperly touching them at a December off-campus party.
After the charges were filed, Williams was suspended indefinitely from the basketball team and did not play for the rest of the season.
Payne County District Judge Michael Stano ended a preliminary hearing in the case on Monday and added the additional rape by instrumentation count, while denying a request that Williams also be charged with another count of sexual battery and a charge of kidnapping.
“We're pleased with the decision,” said Tontz, who was the acting attorney for the majority of the preliminary hearing. “We believed the judge could bound him over on all seven requested counts and the judge bound him over on five so we believe that was the proper decision.”
During Monday’s proceedings, William Baker, the attorney for Williams, moved to quash the information presented by the state, represented by Payne County assistant district attorney Jill Tontz and district attorney Tom Lee.
Citing what he called “a tainted identification” of Williams and what he deemed inconsistencies in witness testimony, Baker requested to continue the preliminary hearing and present witnesses on Williams behalf but Judge Stano denied that request opting to end the preliminary hearing and set a trial date.
“I believe their testimony was that they were able to indentify him,” Tontz said of the testimony of the two female students on Thursday. “And there are numerous other witnesses that will be called at a jury trial.”
Williams' trial is scheduled to begin May 13 at 1:30 p.m. He remains free on the $5,000 bond he posted in February shortly after the initial charges were filed. William Baker, the attorney for Williams, declined to comment.