Darrell Williams Preliminary Hearing Adjourned until Monday


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:18 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Mar 31, 2011 5:47 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

STILLWATER, Okla. – The preliminary hearing for OSU basketball player Darrell Williams is adjourned until Monday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Williams was charged with three felony counts of rape by instrumentation and one felony count of sexual battery in February in Payne County.

By 10:30 Monday morning, judge Phillip C. Corley will determine whether he has the authority to end the preliminary hearing.

If the preliminary hearing is ended, Williams will be bound over to trial. If this occurs, then Corley will also determine whether to add three additional felony counts: one sexual battery, one rape by instrumentation and one kidnapping count.

If Corley determines that he does not have the authority at that point to end the preliminary hearing, he will listen to the defense’s offer of proof and make a decision on the additional counts based on the defense’s offerings.

The state called two witnesses to the stand, one of which alleged confirmation of the rape by instrumentation charges against Williams.

Several members of the OSU basketball team, including Jean-Paul Olukemi, Roger Franklin and assistant coach Steve Middleton were in attendance.

According to the original police report, the incident that resulted in charges filed against Williams occurred at a party near campus between the late hours of Dec. 12 and the early morning hours of Dec. 13, 2010 and the charges against Williams involve two separate victims.

Williams was suspended after the incident and did not play or travel with the team for the remainder of the season.

You can view the District Attorney's original news release including charges here.

To view the original article following the charges against Williams in February, click here.

Oklahoma Sports will update this story as more details become available.