The Jameis Winston sexual assault case took a new turn when the FSU QB’s DNA was found in the accuser’s underwear.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the investigation could hurt Jameis Winston’s Heisman chances even if his stats are astounding.
The alleged sexual assault by Winston took place in December of 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. Because the investigation was still ongoing, the accuser was not named although she reported the suspect as being between 5’8″-5’11″ and 240 pounds while Winston is 6’4″ and weighs 218 pounds.
Winston’s lawyer, Tim Jansen, portrayed the case as essentially being over:
“This case has been going on for over a year. The case was basically closed and we’re not sure why it’s opened up. We’ve been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and we’re hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston.”
But the Winston sexual assault case apparently never was closed, although it was listed as “inactive.” Tom Coe, the interim police chief, claims the accuser ”broke off contact” and she ”did not want to move forward at that time” back in February. She claims she didn’t know the identity of the person who sexually assaulted her, which is why she didn’t identify Winston until much later. Reports of her being intoxicated at the time are being contested by blood work showing otherwise.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed the new evidence, saying it proves Jameis was with the woman in question. The chance of Jameis Winston’s DNA in the woman’s underwear being a match for someone other than the FSU QB is claimed to be one in 2.2 trillion.
But William Meggs, the state attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, said his office is still trying to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to charge Winston with an actual crime:
“I’m not stupid. It is a young man whose life is in a fish bowl right now. I think about that. There’s also a young girl whose life has been turned upside down and her life will never be the same, either. We look at it and say, ‘Which one of those is most important?’ Both. It is a search for the truth and the truth is kind of elusive sometimes.”
The family of the alleged victim has been criticizing the police, claiming “she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable” if charges against Winston are made. The family also claims Tallahassee police detective Scott Angulo refused to get Jameis Winston’s DNA sample from Winston or to interview potential witnesses, including Winston’s roommate. And since Winston’s attorney was told about the case in advance of the investigation being finished, this will give extra time for the defense to prepare a case.
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