The Jameis Winston case stalled because woman ‘changed her mind’

Nov 16, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) throws the ball as he is watched by Syracuse Orange defensive back Darius Kelly (18) during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Many have questioned why the Jameis Winston sexual assault allegations are just getting out now. After all, the crime happened back in December of 2012 when Winston wasn’t well-known outside of the recruiting circle.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the case stalled because the woman who originally wanted to press charges changed her mind.

The Democrat obtained a copy of an e-mail sent by City Manager Anita Favors Thompson to City Commissioners said.

In the email, Favors Thompson said the Tallahassee Police Department followed up on the case referred to it by Florida State University police “against FSU football player Jameis Winston” by a woman who indicated she was intoxicated at a local bar and was taken advantage of while impaired. TPD initiated an investigation and began to interview witnesses and compile details on the case, but stopped getting responses from the woman and could no longer contact her.

“Shortly thereafter a representative of the young woman’s family who is an attorney contacted TPD and said the young woman had changed her mind and did not wish to prosecute,” the email said.

On November 13, the case was turned over to State Attorney Willie Meggs and was considered “open-inactive,” but after a new piece of information came out, the case became “open-active.”

Topics: Florida State Seminoles, Jameis Winston

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