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April 24, 2014

Appeals court overturns former Oklahoma State basketball player's conviction

STILLWATER, Okla. — Former Oklahoma State University basketball player Darrell Williams will have another chance at a trial.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Court of Appeals reversed his conviction.  

The 24-year-old was convicted of two counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery July 23, 2012, after two women testified he assaulted them at an off-campus party in Stillwater.

Two women testified that Williams fondled them and stuck his hands down their pants against their will.

After two weeks of testimony, he was convicted of the crime and sentenced in October 2012 to two years suspended sentence and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Defense Attorney Cheryl Ramsey said the decision by the appeals court stated that "the court finds the jurors made unauthorized visits to the scene of the crime and those visits were discussed during deliberations."

Ramsey said some, not all, of the jurors drove by the crime scene.

Williams was a forward on the team from 2008 to 2011.

In February, he was arrested in his hometown of Chicago and jailed at the Cook County Courthouse on charges of not registering as a sex offender and public urination.

District Attorney Tom Lee expects a copy of the court's ruling on Friday or Monday at the latest.

A retrial has not been set for Williams, but it will be determined by the Payne County District Court as soon as the documents are processed.

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