DNA from Alleged Victim's Underwear Matches Winston's; FSU QB Claims Consensual Sex

DNA from Alleged Victim's Underwear Matches Winston's; FSU QB Claims Consensual Sex

A DNA sample taken from the underwear of a woman who has accused Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy front-runner Jameis Winston of raping her last December matches Winston’s DNA.

According to an ESPN report, “the Florida state crime lab determined the chance of the DNA in the woman’s underwear being a match for someone other than Winston was one in 2.2 trillion.”

Winston’s lawyer alleged Winston “absolutely” had consensual sex with the woman. 

The Florida State quarterback voluntarily provided the DNA sample last week, and the “DNA match alone does not prove that Winston, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, sexually assaulted the woman.”

The woman’s family claimed on Wednesday that Tallahassee Police intimidated the alleged victim and threatened that her life would be made “miserable” if she pressed charges against Winston in early January:

When the attorney contacted Detective Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.

The alleged victim’s family criticized Tallahassee Police for not sending the case up the chain of command, and “William Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, said his office is still investigating the case, which was referred by Tallahassee police only last week” and not in January. The alleged victim’s family alleges Winston’s camp has had since February to prepare its defense while the state attorney’s office has not been given the same amount of time to investigate”:

When Meggs was asked Wednesday whether he believed his office could adequately investigate the case more than 11 months after the crime allegedly occurred, he said: “I’m pretty confident, as much as anybody can be. There are two kinds of evidence: testimonial and physical. We’ll have what we have at the end of the day, and then we’ll evaluate what we have.”

Florida State’s policy is to suspend any player charged with a “felony,” but there is an “extraordinary circumstances” loophole that may allow Winston to play even if he is charged. 

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