According to documents acquired by FOX Sports, the university police chief obtained documents from the original police reports and from the Tallahassee police in November, This happened at least four days before the documents were turned over to Florida state attorney Willie Meggs. This occurred before authorities had a chance to investigate either player. Without the testimony from the two teammates, the chances a state prosecutor could gather enough evidence to make a case to charge Winston was essentially washed out.
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State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a news conference at 2 p. ET on Thursday in his office to make the announcement. Meggs said investigators have learned as much as they can about the December incident. The quarterback also is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, and many voters are waiting to see whether Winston will be charged with a crime before casting their ballots.
The deadline for Heisman ballots to be turned in is Monday. A lawyer for Winston has suggested that the star quarterback and the accuser had consensual sex. But the family of the victim has accused the year-old of rape. Meggs has said he wanted to make sure prosecutors completed a thorough investigation before making a final decision. Meggs said earlier Wednesday that the end of the investigation should answer some lingering questions about how it was handled and why it took 11 months before prosecutors were notified.
Timothy Jansen, the attorney representing Winston, said he does not know what Meggs will announce. Winston did nothing wrong," Jansen said. Patricia Carroll, the attorney representing the accuser, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The alleged sexual assault was first reported to police last December. The family has said the victim did not know the identity of her attacker until early January, when she identified him as Winston. The family has been sharply critical of the way Tallahassee police have handled the case.
The family says they pushed to have a DNA sample taken from Winston only to be told by a police detective that it would alert Winston and make the case public. The family said Carroll was warned by police that Tallahassee is a "big football town, and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.
Carroll has denied that the woman wanted to drop the investigation. The alleged victim was an FSU student during the December incident, but she left school after Carroll was told by police that information about the case was about to be released to the media. Associate athletics director for communications Rob Wilson said the university did not have any comment Wednesday.
Florida State policy dictates that a student-athlete is suspended from game action if charged with a felony until the charge is resolved "absent extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
State Attorney releases documents in Jameis Winston case
State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a news conference at 2 p. ET on Thursday in his office to make the announcement. Meggs said investigators have learned as much as they can about the December incident. The quarterback also is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, and many voters are waiting to see whether Winston will be charged with a crime before casting their ballots. The deadline for Heisman ballots to be turned in is Monday.
JAMEIS WINSTON STATE ATTORNEY REPORT PDF
We voluntarily submitted DNA last week. Meggs said Friday that while prosecutors have interviewed the alleged victim that they have not wrapped up their investigation. Jzmeis rest are audio recordings only. Instead, Jansen, his attorney, did. Florida State students we spoke with said they are glad the investigation into the star Quarterback is finally over. Many folks are outraged by reports that FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston is being investigated in connection with an alleged sexual battery nearly a year ago.
Report: Jameis Winston’s attorney had access to documents before state attorney
The story implies that TPD would have continued to sit on the police reports had not a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times gotten wind of them. The first move by Tallahassee police? That occurred at p. That e-mail included the attachments that contained the police reports. Bonasorte, a highly decorated defensive back for the Seminoles from to , is the athletics administrator who has gotten involved when several when Florida State athletes have been in trouble.