By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON - A former University of Mary Hardin-Baylor basketball player accused of sexually assaulting a woman on campus was no-billed Wednesday by a Bell County grand jury.
The jury decided evidence against Dorian Denzel Purnell, a 19-year-old UMHB sophomore and former forward with the university's basketball team, was not sufficient for an indictment. Purnell will not face trial for a Nov. 25 incident on the UMHB campus that ultimately led to him being accused of rape.
Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza would not comment as to the nature of the case or the grand jury hearing conducted Wednesday at the Bell County Justice Complex. The substance of grand jury hearings and the identities of jurors are prohibited from being released by Texas law.
Purnell started two games for the UMHB basketball team during the 2010-11 basketball season. He was suspended indefinitely from the team after he was charged Nov. 27, UMHB Sports Information Director Jon Wallin said.
Purnell is not currently enrolled at UMHB. Wallin said any decision about allowing Purnell to return to the team has not been made at this time.
"We're just happy that the case came to an end," he said. "I can't say if Purnell plays for us again or if he even wants to return to school. That's all to be decided in the future."
According to statements Purnell's accuser gave to UMHB police, which were summarized in a police report, Purnell and a friend met a woman the night of the alleged rape at a gas station in Belton before they returned to Grover Hall, an apartment-style student housing building on campus.
The woman told police when they arrived at the residence, Purnell went into a bedroom. She said she spoke with a friend of Purnell's for an unspecified amount of time before he left.
The woman began to doze, but she awoke when Purnell's friend returned to the home. He asked her if she had gotten a text message, the report states.
She told police the man showed her the text message, which asked if she would have sex with Purnell. She said no. The man then told her Purnell would call campus police if she did not have sex with him, the report states.
The woman got up to leave, but Purnell's friend told her to wait while he talked to Purnell.
She told police she fell asleep again. When she awoke, she found a man in bed with her. She told police the man then sexually assaulted her.
The grand jury returned indictments against the following Wednesday:
Barry Leon Bryant Jr., 22, and Joshua Leonard Davis, 24, both of Killeen on charges of aggravated robbery. Garza said Bryant and Davis acted together in armed robberies that occurred in January in Killeen.
Benjamin Ernest Gaines, 22, of Fort Hood, on a charge of burglary of a habitation.
Curtis A. Fenderson, 26, of Harker Heights, on a charge of tampering with physical evidence.
Lamont Franklin, 38, of Killeen, on a charge of tampering with physical evidence.
Dean Randell Chestek, 43, of Copperas Cove, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine less than 1 gram.
Sean Anthony Murgia, 22, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine less than 1 gram.
Lemar Antwine Adams, 31, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine less than 1 gram.
Don Walter Carter Jr., 24, of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Robert Garza, 43, of Temple, on a charge of assault/strangulation.
Michael Andrew Bargas, 29, of Temple, on a charge of harassment by person in a correctional facility.
Irene Martinez, 45, of Waco, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine less than 1 gram.
Juan Carlos Chairez, 31, of Temple, on a charge of burglary of a habitation.
Rusty Lynn Malina, 37, of Davilla, on a charge of forgery by passing.
Saul Porcayo, 46, of Nolanville, on a charge of secure execution of documents by deception.
Mark Lee Fellabaum, 51, on a charge of assault enhanced.
Richard Everette Glover, 53, on a charge of assault enhanced.