STILLWATER — Witness testimony came to a close at the trial of Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams on Thursday afternoon, with the defense resting its case after a final group of witnesses took the stand.
Among those who testified were former teammate Keiton Page, current teammate Brian Williams, two witnesses who attended the party and Alex Williams, Darrell's mother.
Williams is facing four counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery, stemming from an incident that took place at an off-campus party on Dec. 12, 2010, where two women allege that Williams groped them and stuck his hands down their pants without consent.
The defense also called former OSU basketball player Jarred Shaw, under subpoena, but Shaw was not present. Throughout testimonies, Shaw's name came up as someone who was at the party and potentially could have been mistaken for Williams.
During an emotional testimony, Alex Williams spoke of a challenging childhood for Darrell in Chicago, with no father in his life. Fighting tears, she praised her son for remaining out of trouble, keeping a clean criminal record and making it out of Chicago despite the allures of its streets.
“My heart hit the floor,” Alex Williams said when asked what her initial reaction to the charges were. “I just knew he couldn't have done those things. That's not in his character.”
Vouching for the character of Darrell Williams, Page testified that he was not at the party and has no direct knowledge of the incident, but said he could never see Williams committing this kind of violent crime.
Williams has decided not to take the stand, but his initial 30-minute interview with police, telling his side of the story, was played in court Wednesday. The interview took place at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Dec. 16, 2010.
The trial resumes Monday at 9 a.m., with closing arguments and jury instructions expected.