Winston investigation findings to be revealed Thursday
State Attorney Willie Meggs says the investigation of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is complete and he will announce his findings on Thursday.
“There will be an announcement at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) regarding Jameis Winston,” assistant state attorney Georgia Cappelman said in an email. “The announcement will be made at the Office of the State Attorney in Tallahassee.”
Winston’s attorney, Tim Jansen, said he would be holding a press conference after Meggs talks on Thursday.
Winston had been linked to a sexual assault from Dec. 7, 2012, that was investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department. The case was considered open but inactive by TPD until media inquiries from TMZ and the Tampa Bay Times in mid-November prompted TPD and the State Attorney’s Office to review the case.
“When you all look at this, when the dust all settles,” Meggs told the Associated Press on Wednesday night. “You’ll say, ‘Man, there were some things that could have been done back in December of ’12 that could have cleared this up a whole lot easier than November of 2013,’ ” he said.
Winston, a Heisman Trophy contender for the nation’s No. 1 team, has not been arrested or charged. The story went public on Nov. 13 and since then, Meggs and Jansen have sparred in public over the case and also over each other’s public comments.
DNA analysis conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed that the DNA taken from the victim’s underwear matched that of a swab that Winston voluntarily provided. The report was also leaked to ESPN.com
The next day, Jansen said that Winston and the victim had consensual sex. But that was refuted by the victim’s attorney, Patricia Carroll.
Meggs interviewed the alleged victim on Nov. 21.
Carroll also called TPD’s investigation “questionable” and said that the detective assigned to the case had warned the victim about a possible backlash from the community for allegations against a Florida State football player.
A week ago, TPD released a detailed timeline of its investigation into Winston.
Winston, a redshirt freshman, has been one of the top quarterbacks in college football in 2013. On Wednesday, he became the first underclassman to win the ACC’s player of the year.
A Heisman Trophy contender, Winston has thrown for an ACC-leading 3,490 yards and set a school record with 35 touchdown passes.
He is a finalist for the Maxwell, O’Brien and Manning Awards. And Winston could be named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy next week. Winston is listed as the Heisman front-runner in straw polls by USA Today and Heismanpundit.com.
Florida State athletic department policy states that any player facing felony charges would not be able to participate in practice or games except for extraordinary circumstances.
No. 1 Florida State (12-0) will play No. 20 on Duke in the ACC championship game on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. If the Seminoles win, they will play in the BCS championship game.