Stillwater News Press

October 12, 2012

New trial denied for convicted Oklahoma State University basketball player Darrell Williams

District Judge Phillip Corley gives Williams credit for time served and suspends the remainder of the sentences

By Russell Hixson
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Convicted Oklahoma State University basketball player  Darrell Williams won't spend any additional time in jail or prison, District Judge Phillip Corley decided Friday after denying a motion for a new trial.

Corley gave Williams credit for time served in Payne County Jail after his July 23 conviction on two counts of rape by instrumentation and a count of sexual battery. The jury recommended two one-year sentences on the rape convictions, and no time on the sexual battery count.

The judge, defense and prosecutors reviewed thousands of documents. The defense and prosecutors reviewed presented arguments Thursday.

Corley said he did not see evidence for a new trial, overruling the defense's motion. Family members and supporters in the courtroom burst into tears as Corley proceeded to sentencing.

"I'm innocent, I didn't do it," Williams told Corley when asked if he wished to say something.

Corley sentenced Williams to serve two concurrent one year sentences but suspended the remaining time. Williams must register as a sex offender and pay court costs.

Outside the courtroom Williams' attorney Cheryl Ramsey said she was dissapointed with the court's ruling and planned to appeal.

"We think the jury did not get the appropriate picture and the credibility of the two young women was an issue and we were hoping for a new trial,"  Ramsey said. "At least he is out of jail.