Cushing Man Acquitted of Kidnapping, Raping and Holding Knife on Pregnant Wife
(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Cushing man — who was acquitted last week of kidnapping, raping and holding a knife on his pregnant wife but convicted of beating her – remained in the Payne County Jail this afternoon pending his transportation to Texas for a parole violation hearing.
Jason Scott Williams, 33, who is 6’ and 210 pounds, testified at his trial last week that he is on parole from Texas where he was convicted three years ago in Harrison County of burglary of habitation and given a sentence of up to four years, court records show.
At his trial, Williams testified that his wife, who had previously left him, knew he was on parole: “She told me she’d send me back to prison if I didn’t let her come back home.”
A Payne County jury composed of eight women and four men deliberated for two and one-half hours on March 9 before acquitting Williams of all three felony counts, but convicting him of domestic assault and battery against a pregnant woman, which is a misdemeanor.
The jury recommended that Williams be given the maximum penalty of one year in jail for beating his pregnant wife at their Cushing home.
Williams demanded immediate sentencing by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, who imposed a one-year jail term that he had already served, since he was given credit for time in custody awaiting trial. Williams was ordered to pay the cost of his incarceration and court costs.
According to an affidavit by Cushing Police Detective Rachel Hentges, police were sent at 3:50 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2016, to the Cushing hospital’s emergency room on a domestic abuse report.
Williams’ wife said that he was intoxicated when he came home from work at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2016, and continued drinking, the affidavit alleged.
She “reported she was 19 weeks pregnant and that an argument turned into a physical altercation,” in which her husband slapped her repeatedly, punched her in the head, and lifted her up off the ground by only her hair, the affidavit alleged.
She claimed “Jason Williams made multiple statements threatening her life throughout the evening including: he would bite her jugular, cut her head off, crush her skull with his hands, take a knife and cut the baby out, threatened that if she called the cops, he would kill her and send people after her, told her he had people with the Aryan Brotherhood that would hide her body, and he would make sure she went out before him,” the affidavit alleged.
She also claimed “Williams punched her in the stomach several times and attempted to put his fist into her vagina to pull the baby out,” but he was not able to get his fist inside her, the affidavit alleged. She also claimed that Williams raped her anally, the affidavit alleged.
She said “she waited until she knew he was asleep; then she got her child, left the residence and ran to a neighbor’s house for help,” the affidavit alleged. The left side of her face was very swollen with red marks and bruising, the affidavit alleged.
When Cushing Police Sgt. Carson Watts and Officer Jerrod Livergood went to the Williams’ home in the 900 block of E. Walnut, “Williams was hopping on his left foot and said he thought his right foot was broken from where he kicked the door,” the affidavit alleged.
Williams claimed that his wife “jumped on top of his back and he threw her off of him,” but he was unable to tell officers how she received the injuries on her face, the affidavit alleged.
After Williams was arrested that morning, a nurse who performed a rape exam on his wife, said she “had scratches on the right labia of her vagina consistent with her statement that Williams attempted to put his fist and/or fingers inside of her vagina,” the affidavit alleged.
The nurse also reported Williams’ wife “had bruising around her anus consistent with forceful anal sex,” as well as bruising on both her arms, both inner thighs, her face and back, the affidavit alleged.
At the couple’s home, the Cushing police detective found the damaged bedroom door, a large amount of loose hair where Williams’ wife said he picked her up by her hair, a lubricant, and a knife which she claimed Williams had put up to her neck, the affidavit said.
Williams’ wife said that the altercation began at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2016, and ended about seven hours later when at 3:15 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2016, she was able to run from her home with her one-year-old daughter, the affidavit alleged.
She also said that Williams strangled her in the hallway as he straddled and held her down on the floor, the affidavit alleged.
She “reported her daughter was in her bedroom throughout the assaults,” the affidavit alleged.
She “reported Williams refused to let her leave the home and told her he would kill her if she tried to leave,” the affidavit alleged.
In his testimony at the trial, Williams admitted he had accused his wife many times of having affairs.
Williams testified that in November, his wife had cut up all of his clothes and used a butcher knife to stab the comforter where she left a note “You’ll be next.” But he said that toward Christmas, he let her come back home.
Although Williams denied hurting his wife on the night he was arrested, he testified, “I did grab her arms – I did hold her down,” after he said that she slammed her face into a night stand. “I just wanted to get her to calm down,” he testified.
On cross-examination, Williams admitted that he had never before claimed that his wife’s injuries were self-inflicted — until he testified at his trial.
In his closing argument, defense attorney Royce Hobbs reminded the jury “she was positive for meth.”
He said that the prosecutor “wants to make a big deal about all these bruises.”
The defense attorney expressed amazement at the prosecutor’s claim that Williams had inflicted her injuries: “You’re telling me that a man who’s a welder hits someone with his fists repeatedly and that’s all she’s got.”
Reminding the jury that Williams’ wife admitted she had put Williams’ name on Craigslist as a homosexual, the defense attorney said that Williams’ wife “schemes and executes her schemes.”
Repeatedly the defense attorney attacked the quality of the prosecution’s evidence, with statements such as “The centerpiece of their evidence should have been analysis of the rape kit. It’s sitting there untested like thousands of rape kits across the U.S.”
“You get to decide what reasonable doubt is. Is this the quantity and quality of evidence that convinces each one of you beyond a reasonable doubt that Jason Williams committed these acts?” the defense attorney told the jury.
In her closing argument, prosecutor Debra Vincent told jurors, “You’re going to have to decide who’s telling the truth.”
She said that Williams’ wife “arrived at the Cushing hospital at 3 a.m. – she started telling people what happened.
“He’s had every day since January 2016 to decide what he’s going to say.
“He kicked that door so hard it went into pieces. He’s angry enough to kick down the door.
“She’s 20, has a ninth grade education. She has a baby and another one on the way.
“She told the very first person at the hospital she might be positive (for meth). She said he told her he spiked her drink.
“No meth was found in the house. We know multiple people had contact with her at the hospital at 4 a.m. – they said she didn’t appear to be a regular user.
“She went to the hospital because she had been brutalized for hours. If she used meth, does that mean she can’t be raped? If she used meth, does that mean she can’t be beat up? If she used meth, does that mean she can’t be kidnapped?
“Her body tells you a lot. The condition of her house was consistent with what she said at 4 a.m.
“The defense attorney just told you he has a motive to lie. If you believe her, he goes to prison.
“This woman has made some bad choices, two of which she had babies with men who aren’t going to help her.
“I ask you to believe her,” the prosecutor said.
But about 7 p.m. the jury acquitted Williams of all felony counts and convicted him only of a misdemeanor count, for which he had already served the maximum possible penalty while awaiting trial.