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Witness questioning begins in trial of OSU basketball player Darrell Williams

BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Modified: July 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm •  Published: July 12, 2012
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STILLWATER — Opening statements and witness questioning began in the trial of suspended Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams on Thursday.

Williams, 22, is being charged with four counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery for an alleged incident that took place at a house party on Dec. 12, 2010.

With jury selection concluded the day before, Thursday morning's session started with opening statements. Payne County Assistant District Attorney Jill Tontz started it off for the prosecution.

“As the Rolling Stones say, ‘You can't always get what you want,'” Tontz opened, later stating “because Mr. Williams was an athlete, he thought he could get what he wanted.”

Tontz moved on to the specifics of her case, recapping the night in question and explaining how the charges came to be.

Then Cheryl Ramsey, Williams' attorney, had her turn.

“This is a case that just doesn't make sense,” Ramsey opened.

She went on to portray the charges as wrongful allegations that may have stemmed from a misidentification. Ramsey went on to question the state's lack of evidence.

“There's not one shred of physical evidence to back up what you will hear from the witness stand,” Ramsey said, telling the jurors that there were no doctor's visits, ripped clothes, bruises or cuts.

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