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September 27, 2012

Convicted Oklahoma State University basketball player's new trial hearing delayed until Oct. 12

STILLWATER, Okla. — Convicted Oklahoma State University basketball player Darrell Williams will not be in court Friday.

District Judge Phillip Corley delayed Williams’ hearing for a new trial unitl 9 a.m. Oct. 12.

Williams, 23, was convicted on July 23 of two counts of rape by instrumentation and a count of sexual battery. A Payne County jury recommended no prison time on the sexual battery conviction and one-year sentences for each of the rape counts.

Defense attorneys William Baker and Cheryl Ramsey filed a motion for a new trial on Aug. 23, the day before Williams was scheduled to be sentenced.

The motion contends new evidence was uncovered that might have changed the trial’s outcome. The document also states the evidence was unknown at the time of the trial.

The motions calls into question testimony by a witness. Corley sealed the defense motion and the prosecution’s response.

Subpoenas have been issued for the mental health and/or counseling records of one of the state’s witnesses.

The motion for retrial hearing was scheduled for Friday, but Corley delayed it because the court is still receiving information. Prosecutors and defense attorneys requested the continuance.

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