CIC'S YOUNGEST EXONEREE, DARRELL WILLIAMS
"Although Williams passed two lie detector tests and had a spotless record, Payne County prosecutors believed the accusers. Without physical evidence or witnesses to the alleged incidents, prosecutors nonetheless charged Williams with four felony sex offenses. If convicted of all counts, he faced up to 50 years behind bars.
But prosecutors did not want a controversial case involving a popular student-athlete to go to trial, so they offered Williams a deal: Plead guilty to a misdemeanor and receive probation, according to several sources familiar with the offer. His coaches counseled him to take the deal, as did some family members. Williams never hesitated. “I’m innocent and I won’t admit to something I didn’t do,” he told them.
So the case moved forward until the eve of jury selection, when prosecutors made Williams a second offer. This time they turned up the heat. No jail time — if he apologized, paid a fine, dropped out of school and left the state, the sources said. Once again, Williams never hesitated. “I’m innocent and I won’t admit to something I didn’t do,” he repeated to his family and coaches."
- David Protess for The Huffington Post
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