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July 19, 2012

OSU player denies assaults in cop interview

STILLWATER — Suspended Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams told police he met three women at a bar and invited them to a party at a house in December 2010, but denied sexually assaulting two of them, according to audio recordings of a police interview played at his trial Wednesday.

On one recording with Stillwater police detective Les Little, Williams said he saw the three women again at the party in the basement and greeted them briefly, the Stillwater NewsPress reported. He said he was drunk that night, but could remember what happened.

He maintained on the recording that he did not assault anyone during the party. Most of the Oklahoma State University basketball players were there in their Oklahoma State warmup outfits.

"I don't know what happened in the basement," Williams said on the recording. "I was probably misidentified," he added, noting the players were all wearing the same outfits.

Payne County prosecutors have charged Williams with rape by instrumentation and sexual battery for allegedly groping the two women and reaching inside their pants without their consent. Williams has pleaded not guilty.

When detectives asked Williams on one of the recordings about a text he had sent one of the victims the day after the party, Williams replied that he had obtained a lot of women's phone numbers that night. He said it was his custom to send text messages to them and probably did text her.

Defense attorney Cheryl Ramsey asked Little about the Stillwater Police Department's photo identification policy. Little said in the 23 years he has worked there, a policy has never been in place.

Ramsey asked why investigators hadn't waited to get photos of players dressed in plain clothes instead of the warmup garb. Little said they chose to use an unlabeled photo of the basketball team for suspect identification because the women said the assailant was a basketball player.

Little said he placed the photo in front of the women without any prompting and asked if they saw the man who assaulted them.

Despite being suspended in February 2011, Williams, listed as a senior on the Oklahoma State athletics website, still practices with the team and is on the roster.

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