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Friday, July 9, 2004
Gourley suspended indefinitely

Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State has suspended offensive lineman Adam Gourley indefinitely after an arrest for assault with a dangerous weapon, coach Les Miles said.

Witnesses told Stillwater police they saw Gourley shoot a man with a BB gun from the third-floor balcony of an apartment complex on June 20. The victim, an unnamed 18-year-old male, was taken to Stillwater Medical Center's emergency room, where doctors removed the projectile from his head and later released him.

Gourley, 21, surrendered to police and was released on a $1,000 bond. The assault charge is a felony that could result in jail time upon conviction, but first-time offenders like Gourley can receive a suspended or deferred sentence, Stillwater Police Chief Norman McNickle said.

"It's obvious (Gourley) has made a poor decision," Miles said. "We'll have to see to what extent the legal process will affect him further."

Gourley, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound transfer from Butler County (Kan.) Community College, was listed on the Cowboys' second team following spring practices. He redshirted last season and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Gourley has a court appearance scheduled for Aug. 9, the same day the Cowboys begin two-a-day practices.