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Sentencing delayed for former Oklahoma State forward Darrell Williams

Aug 24, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

Darrell Williams

The sentencing of former Oklahoma State forward Darrell Williams, who was found guilty of two counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery on July 23, has been delayed until September 14.

Williams’ attorneys filed a motion for a new trial on Thursday, citing what they believe to be errors in the original trial, and both sides will be given time to prepare for the appeal process.

There has been a groundswell of support for Williams in the aftermath of his conviction, including Rev. Jesse Jackson’s recent visit to Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Stillwater.

Williams issued a statement in the pre-sentencing investigation, which read as follows:

“My future goals are to graduate from college and to get my degree. I also had goals to take care of my mother and my family. I was one of the few to really do something with my life in my family so I was trying to make my mom proud. I also had goals to put my daughter in the best situation possible. Because growing up I never had my father in my life so everything I was doing was because her and my family. I know now things will be very difficult to do so.

Growing up my mom work so hard trying to take care 4 kids by herself, she had no help and use to cry when she did not have money to put food in our house and being young I never understood but when I got older I figure it out and I made a promise to myself that I would take care of my mom so she wouldn’t never have to work again so I use basketball to help that happen. So seeing my life flash right in front of me destroy all my goals I had promise, not only to myself but to my family.”

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. raider2124 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    This idiot raped a women and da reberand jessssseeeeee comes and revenge the convicted rapist. There is not a more despicable person on earth the jessssseeeee jackasson. Lock both these a-holes up. Especially that race baiter scumbag

    • dana0128 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Unfortunately we have uneducated individuals commenting on this case. This is yet another case of innocent people being convicted of a crime they did not commit. Studies show that about 10,000 individuals are wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year in the United States. Studies also show that the most important factor leading to wrongful convictions is misidentification. Wrongful convictions undermine public confidence in our judicial system. With this specific case at hand, there is no DNA Evidence, no physical evidence, no torn clothing… No Substancial Evidence at all. Darrell has taken and PASSED two polygraph tests and the identification process used to id Darrell was improper. Justice does need to be served and Darrell Williams needs to be freed.

      • dana0128 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        And a big thank you to Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition for helping this case be heard.

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