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July 10, 2012

UPDATE: Jury selection continues in sex-crime trial of suspended OSU athlete

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jury selection entered its second day Tuesday in the trial of suspended Oklahoma State University men's basketball player Darrell Williams, who is accused of four counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery.

Court affidavits show the charges stem from incidents at a December 2010 house party.

The trial is expected to take two weeks.

Williams, wearing dark gray pants, a shirt, vest and blue and gray stripped tie, appeared in the Payne County District Courtroom at 8:45 a.m.

Defense attorney Willie Baker continued the defense’s questioning of potential jurors, asking about their connections with Oklahoma State University and the effects of drugs and alcohol on one’s judgment.

Many times during the morning’s proceedings, Williams and his attorneys conferred with each other and made notes on yellow legal-size pads.

 Assistant District Attorney Jill Tontz continued the state’s questioning of potential Jurors.

By lunch, both the defense and prosecution had used one of five peremptory challenges. The challenges allow the prosecution and the defense to excuse any juror.

The trial is set to continue at 1:30 p.m. after breaking for lunch.


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