Florida State QB Jameis Winston will not be charged

Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) after they beat the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 37-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston will not be charged for the alleged sexual assault that occurred in 2012. Winston will talk to the media at 3:30 pm ET at the Leon County Courthouse.

New details in the case have emerged when the details of a probable cause statement signed in January were released.

From the Tallahassee Democrat:

In the probable-cause statement attached to a search-warrant request, Tallahassee Police Department Investigator Laura Gereg said the woman told police she and her friends were drinking at Potbelly’s bar earlier that night and had about five or six shots. The woman said after her friends left the bar, she began to feel the effects of the alcohol and her memory became “very broken.”

Police said the woman recalled getting into a taxi with a “non-descript” black male and entering a ground-floor apartment, at which point the man took off her clothes and raped her as she tried to fight him off.

The search-warrant request said at some point the woman told police a black man with dreadlocks came into the room and told the man to stop, but the suspect led her into a bathroom where he “completed the act.”

“Her next memory is the suspect dressing her then putting her on a black scooter,” the affidavit for the search warrant said. “She told him where she lived and he dropped her off at the intersection of Call and Stadium. The victim has no idea where the incident occurred.”

From Kevin Vaughan of Fox Sports:

A source previously told FOX Sports that she identified Winston after seeing him on campus, and a subsequent sample of his DNA matched evidence obtained by police at the time of the incident.

Winston’s attorney has subsequently said the encounter was consensual – a charge that the woman and her family refuted in a sharply worded statement which said, among other things, “the victim did not consent. This was a rape.”

Winston is expected to address the media later today.

 

Topics: Florida State Seminoles, Jameis Winston

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