State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a news conference at 2 p.m. ESPN has previously reported that DNA belonging to Winston was. Jameis Winston’s attorneys have denied any wrongdoing on his part. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press). Earlier today, Florida State issued a. When the State Attorney’s Office resumed a sexual assault investigation against Jameis Winston that had been paused for nine months.
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Tech Innovate Gadget Mission: Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. Story highlights Statements from witnesses contradicted accuser’s story, attorney says Accuser’s recollection of the events was a agtorney factor, state attorney statr It was a matter of whether it was a “forceful act,” the prosecutor says “When you see the report, you’ll see all the answers,” he told reporters.
A prosecutor announced Thursday that Jameis Winston, quarterback for the No.
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A key factor was the accuser’s recollection of the wttorney during the December incident, in which she alleged Winston raped her after she had been drinking with friends at a Tallahassee bar, said Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Leon County and Tallahassee.
He further said investigators did not have even probable cause to arrest Winston, which requires a low standard of proof.
Defense attorney Tim Jansen described Winston’s reaction in a press conference later in the afternoon: I can tell you janeis gave me a hug.
In a statement, Winston thanked his family, friends, coaches and teammates for standing by him and Meggs’ office for “reaching a decision in a conclusive manner. Winston, who was at football practice during Jansen’s news james after taking a 1 p. The two did not participate in the sexual conduct, but “they witnessed parts of the act,” Jansen said. Several people were in the room on the night of the incident, Meggs said, and all were interviewed.
While Winston was satisfied with Thursday’s outcome, he was not relieved, Jansen said, “because he knew he didn’t do anything. We believed it in December. We believed it in February, and we believe it today. Jansen said he was told the case was closed in February, and he did not know why authorities reopened it in November. The accuser’s family and others claim authorities allowed football interests to dictate the pace and depth of the investigation.
Winston is a Heisman Trophy hopeful set to play for a conference championship this weekend, and possibly a national championship thereafter. Clearly it was consensual. Clearly it was consensual What’s next for FSU student? FSU’s star quarterback accused of rape Accuser broke contact with us. Accuser jmaeis contact with us Meggs, who attended high school in Tallahassee and has a bachelor’s and law degree from FSUbrushed off the insinuation.
Jameis Winston results due Thursday
Jansen said during his news conference that Winston and winxton teammates were “preparing right now for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship against Duke Universityand I expect them to perform very well.
As to whether the allegations would affect Winston’s chances of Heisman Trophy, given to college football’s top player each season, Jansen said, “I hope the voters realize he’s never been charged.
While the Tallahassee Police Department’s investigation, which the accuser’s family has publicly criticized”could have been handled better,” Meggs said, there was nothing that would necessitate an investigation of the department. It wasn’t a matter of whether Winston and the accuser engaged in sexual activity, Meggs said; it was a matter of whether it was a “forceful act.
Another DNA sample was found on the accuser’s shorts, Meggs said, but he wouldn’t say who it belonged to. He did, however, say the accuser “acknowledged having sex with her boyfriend, but she wouldn’t tell me who her boyfriend was.
Though Jansen had previously said Winston rdport cooperating with prosecutors, Meggs said Winston didn’t talk to prosecutors. Jansen countered Thursday by saying Meggs never requested a relort.
Jansen even went to Meggs’ office Wednesday asking if there was anything he could do to expedite the investigation, and Meggs told him no, the defense lawyer said. The accuser’s blood-alcohol content when taken, some hours after the incident, was 0.
Jansen said later that 0. Asked by a reporter if Winston’s integrity was in question because he had a girlfriend at the time he engaged in sexual activity with the accuser, Jansen said he wasn’t the “moral police. The attorney took issue with some reporters’ characterization of the accuser as a victim in the case, saying, “She is not a victim at this point.
She is a complainant, and she is an accuser. He further said that he had discussed the possibility of civil action with Winston and his family, but he would not elaborate. Nor would he indicate whether it would target the accuser or the media.
The prosecutor’s findings, which Meggs said would be available to the media in a report within 24 hours, will demonstrate there was no indication Winston sexually assaulted the woman, the prosecutor said.
Among other things, Jansen later said, the report will show that after the incident, the accuser was “perfectly fine, communicating, texting her friends, walking fine. The Tallahassee Police Department, now that the case is closed, will release details of its investigation, it said in a Thursday statement. According to police documents, the woman told investigators she had been drinking with friends at a bar called Potbelly’s.
They later left her after consuming several shots, according to the documents. She said she did not remember much of what happened next but told investigators she remembered winding up in a ground-floor apartment where a man took off her clothes and had sex with her despite her objections.
The woman came forward a month later to accuse Statee, but Tallahassee’s interim Police Chief Tom Coe said last week that she “broke off contact” with investigators in February and said she didn’t want to go forward with the case. The woman’s family has dtate that a detective had warned her attorney that Tallahassee is a “big football town” and that her life could be miserable if she pursued the case. The case resurfaced after media outlets made public records requests for the initial complaint.
Last month, Winston’s attorney announced his client and the woman had consensual sex. The woman’s family shot back saying, “To be clear, the victim did not consent.