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July 10, 2012

Jury selection to continue in trial

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jury selection was set to stretch into Wednesday in the trial of suspended Oklahoma State University basketball player Darrell Williams.

Williams, 22, is accused of four counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery, stemming from a December 2010 house party in Stillwater.

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 Court room at 8:45 a.m. for a second day of jury selection Tuesday. Defense attorneys Willie Baker and Cheryl Ramsey and Assistant District Attorney Jill Tontz questioned potential jurors to gauge their thoughts, feelings and potential bias in regard to athletics, OSU, intoxicants, lying, rape and connections to legal counsel or witnesses.

Two potential jurors were excused by District Judge Phillip Corley, both for possible bias.

The defense and prosecution both used three of their five peremptory challenges, which allow them to excuse any juror without giving a reason.

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

Proceedings were expected to continue Wednesday at 9 a.m.


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