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July 29, 2012

Friends of Darrell Williams turn to social media to raise support for the convicted athlete

STILLWATER, Okla. — A web-based petition, Twitter account and Facebook page have been created to support and express outrage about Monday’s conviction of Oklahoma State University men’s basketball player Darrell Williams.

Williams, 22, remains in Payne County jail following his conviction Monday on two charges of rape by instrumentation and one charge of sexual battery. A Payne County jury acquitted Williams on two other counts of rape by instrumentation.

Payne County Deputy Kevin Woodward said Williams will remain in the Payne County jail until his Aug. 24 sentencing.

Brandi Miner-Robertson, Brooke Miner-Brant and Morgan Brant of Drumright started the social-media campaign. They are friends of the Williams family.

“We know Darrell is not capable of this crime and the lack of evidence that was presented in this case should not have convicted him,” Miner-Robertson said. “We want justice for an innocent young man who was wrongfully accused and convicted.”

She said the goal is to reverse Williams’ conviction and gain his freedom.

Miner-Robertson said a vigil is planned Wednesday. The group has asked Rainbow Push Coalition National Field Director Bishop Tavis L. Grant to attend.

Lauren Love, Rainbow Push Coalition spokeswoman, said Grant has not yet confirmed if he will attend the vigil. She indicated Grant has been in contact with and is helping the Williams family.

The coalition, founded in 1996 by Rev. Jesse Jackson, describes itself a multiracial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change.

District Attorney Tom Lee was out of town and not available for comment. The two victims’ families also were asked to comment but did not respond.



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