It was almost a year ago when Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston was first accused of rape by a female student. Yesterday, the state attorney decided not to charge the 19 year-old.
YouWager experts have confirmed that this decision clears the way for Winston to finish the college football season with the No. 1 Seminoles.
The announcement was made by Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, and it took place during a news conference at the Leon County Courthouse. The Heisman Trophy favorite had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting the woman at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.
“We’ve carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be filed against anyone in this case,” Meggs stated.
The investigation by Meggs and his office took place over the past three weeks, and they interviewed the accuser about two weeks ago. Back in November several sources reported that DNA found in the woman’s underwear was that of Winston’s.
The player’s attorney, Tim Jansen of Tallahassee, said Winston had consensual sex with the woman. However, the woman’s attorney, Patricia Carroll of Tampa, Fla., said Winston raped the also 19-year-ld freshman, who withdrew from classes after the allegations resurfaced in media reports last month.
Even though the case could be reopened if new evidence is found, Meggs indicated that he “had no earthly idea what that would be.”
Two of the Seminoles’ players backed Winston’s story in statements they gave last month to an investigator for Jansen. The statements were part of an investigative file released yesterday.
According to teammates Chris Casher and Ronald Darby they were at a bar with Winston when the accuser struck up a conversation with the quarterback and got into a cab with the three men.
When they got to the apartment, the teammates said they peeked through Winston’s bedroom door and saw the woman having sex with the quarterback. The added that they even “busted into the room to embarrass Jameis” and the woman yelled at him to “get out.”
If the Alabama native player had been charged with a felony, he would have been immediately suspended from the Seminoles and ineligible for competition under FSU athletic department policy.
However, Winston is now able to finish the season with the team that is currently a heavy favorite to defeat No. 20 Duke Blue Devils in Saturday night’s ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C.
With one more win, Florida State (12-0) would guarantee a spot in the Jan. 6 Vizio BCS National Championship.