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August 24, 2012

NEW VIDEO: Former Oklahoma State University men's basketball player Darrell Williams in high spirits at sentencing

STILLWATER, Okla. —

Sentencing for convicted  former Oklahoma State University men's basketball player Darrell Williams was continued until Sept. 14 following a motion for a new trial by the defense.

Williams appeared in court dressed in a white button-down shirt, slacks and brown dress shoes next to two other inmates in orange jail uniforms.

He smiled, waved and gave a thumbs up to his mother, Alice Williams, who was sitting in the front row o the gallery.

She sat beside the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bishop Tavis Grant, national field director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

The motion for a new trial states the defense has discovered new evidence that could impeach a witness. Defense attorneys Cheryl Ramsey and Willie Baker requested sentencing be continued on Sept. 14

State Prosecutor Jill Tontz objected, saying the motion was not promptly provided and the state was prepared to proceed with sentencing. The motion was filed  shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. The judge sustained the continuance.

Jackson, who traveled to Stillwater to support Williams, said the evidence is sealed but was weighty enough for the judge to continue the sentencing. He praised the judge for his fairness.

"Today, we celebrate the best of a difficult situation," Jackson said.

"My son is innocent," said Williams' mother as she walked through the courthouse hand-in-hand with Jackson.

Jackson told reporters outside the courtroom that Williams is enrolled at OSU and could graduate from school in December. OSU Communications Director Gary Shutt confirmed Williams enrolled for a classes Friday. Shutt said Williams was  enrolled for a class during the summer but had unenrolled until sentencing.

Shutt said Williams will meet with faculty members to complete his course requirements.

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