OSU basketball: Watson isn't facing criminal charges

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OSU guard Marcus Watson won't face criminal charges after a protective order was filed against him.

Marcus Watson, a freshman guard on the Oklahoma State men's basketball team, is not facing criminal charges after a woman filed a protective order against him for alleged rape.

Marshall Scott of Pistols Firing Blog first reported this news Friday afternoon. Scott said someone in the Payne County District Attorney's Office told PFB that the office determined not to pursue criminal charges after examining the Oklahoma State University Police Department's investigation.

The O'Colly talked to assistant district attorney Debra Vincent, who said the office made the decision Oct. 30. She said the Oklahoma State University Police Department shared its information from the investigation, and the DA's office spoke to the sexual assault nurse examiner.

"Based upon all that, there was not sufficient evidence to meet our burden of proof and file a criminal charge," Vincent said.

However, this doesn't lift the emergency protective order.

"That decision doesn't have anything to do with the protective order or anything that Student Conduct or Title IX might do," Vincent said. "Those are completely separate from our decision-making."

Watson, from Buford, Georgia, has a court date Nov. 26 in Stillwater regarding the protective order.

Watson remains suspended from all activities with the Cowboy basketball team.

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