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New details emerge in Jameis Winston investigation

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The investigation into sexual battery allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston stalled when the woman involved refused to cooperate with police and did not want to press charges, according to an email obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat.

The case remained open but inactive for several months, but was re-activated after new information apparently came forward on the matter.

“Someone integrally involved has (to have) given us a new piece of information,” TPD spokesman David Northway told the Democrat this week. “It has to be someone involved in the case (who) provides a lead to reactivate it.”

Winston has yet to talk to police and his attorney recently criticized the state attorney’s office for how the case has been handled.

The freshman currently leads the race for the Heisman Trophy and has the Seminoles poised for their first BCS title game appearance since 2000.

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24 Responses to “New details emerge in Jameis Winston investigation”
  1. jimmy53 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:05 PM

    Man, the TPD and the SAO need to shut up and do their investigation. There is way to much of this being played out in the press.

  2. erockfox says: Nov 19, 2013 6:08 PM

    ummm…..where’s the new part of the story?

  3. grudenthediva says: Nov 19, 2013 6:09 PM

    New details? Yeah, not really. Way to jump the gun there. “New details*” may have re-activated the investigation but there are NO new details which have emerged since all of this BS was first released last week.

    *An anonymous call from a number with a 614 area code.

  4. mcjon22 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:11 PM

    The article also states the girl’s Aunt (which is her lawyer) requested all records, evidence, and statements be forwarded to her.

    Article also makes it sound as if the victim is still not cooperating with the SAO.

    It’s obvious IMO that the ‘Victim’ is gearing up for a civil lawsuit.

    This is all about money

  5. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Nov 19, 2013 6:20 PM

    I thought it happened at a party in an apartment, now it happened in a bar according to this new article?

    The details of this story keep evolving…hard to take serious.

    I have to believe if there was ever any evidence of a crime he would have been charged long ago.

  6. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:37 PM

    So they guy in the report was 5’9″ to 5’11” or so and Jameis is a big 6’4″ guy and has been neither accused nor even interviewed by police. Why is he connected?!? Someone attached his name to the story and now he is in the middle of the investigation. The only thing that could slow and worsen the investigation would be to hand it over to the NCAA. If they are wrongfully accused, I hope they don’t settle and they fight it.

  7. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 19, 2013 6:57 PM

    Question is,

    Now that it is in the public arena, are we going to see
    a “political” prosecution ala the Duke rape case in which “facts be damned, we are going to go ahead with the case to advance OUR political careers!”

    Where does Winston go to get his reputation back?

    RTR

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 19, 2013 6:59 PM

    sportsguy,

    The NCAA doesn’t handle criminal investigations.

  9. Deb says: Nov 19, 2013 7:47 PM

    @mcjon22 …

    Nothing about this indicates the accuser is considering a civil suit. And why would she? Winston is a freshman without substantial funds. He’s a long way from an NFL contract–and if she proves sexual battery, she’ll probably kill any chance for an NFL contract.

    Her relative, who is an attorney, is a former prosecutor. She’s looking out for her client’s best interest in requesting copies of all documentation. The woman withdrew her accusation and all cooperation with the police once this former prosecutor got involved. What I see is a former prosecutor who didn’t want her relative ripped apart in a courtroom over an incident that occurred when she was falling-down drunk and barely remembers what happened, much less whether it was consensual.

    Once she withdrew her cooperation and decided not to file charges, the case should have been closed. No matter what that TPD spokesman says, this case became active again when the media came calling. Period.

  10. manik56 says: Nov 19, 2013 8:26 PM

    I would be pretty pissed at my attorney if they publicly fired a shot at someone who could make my life miserable.

  11. justsayin53 says: Nov 19, 2013 8:31 PM

    From the outside looking in , it appears this case became active again when someone realized that the TPD had swept it under the rug. I agree Winston is innocent until proven guilty, but so far the handling of this case from the get go has been very sloppy at best!

  12. noaxetogrind says: Nov 19, 2013 9:01 PM

    A lot of conjecture on here without much regard for the fact that we know very few facts. There seems to be a lot of speculation as to why this case has now been passed on to the SA. Some have said because of media scrutiny, the TPD spokesman was quoted as saying that “a source has provided a new piece of information”. Either way, it is absolutely the right thing to do to pass it on. Anytime there is any question that is exactly what police departments are expected to do. The SAO is designed to accept the burden of whether or not to prosecute, not police departments. I know we all want this to be over right away but that is not how our system works. By the way Deb, for what it is worth; I am sure you are aware since you have all those family members who are criminal defense attorney’s, that if your hypothesis about the young lady being “falling-down drunk and barely able to remember anything” is in fact what happened it may not bode well for Jameis. Most jurisdictions have statutes now to protect women in such circumstances. If it is determined that she was incapable of giving an informed consent, then by law and definition it cannot be consensual. Of course I am not implying anything, only that should that be the situation, then there will some defense attorney’s making some money.

  13. Deb says: Nov 19, 2013 9:04 PM

    @justsayin53 …

    Where do you get they swept it under the rug? The article says she was represented by counsel–a former prosecutor and a relative. At that point, she stopped cooperating with the investigation and refused to press charges. How, pray tell, were the police supposed to continue an investigation with an accuser who didn’t want to pursue it?

    The woman also has a right to STOP the process and should not be dragged back into it by the press or anyone else.

  14. desal2ds says: Nov 19, 2013 9:46 PM

    This is a railroad job by a wealthy SEC/Alabama alum. I’m convinced. I have no ties to FSU or bama. But how convenient that this comes out when FSU is undefeated and best team to beat bama. Who is quarter backed by a kid from Bama who turned them down. I’m telling you folks this is a railroad job if I have ever seen one. Que Bob Dylan “hurricane”

  15. sillec28 says: Nov 19, 2013 9:56 PM

    If she’s aiming at a civil suit (which I doubt considering that Winston won’t be getting an NFL contract until 2015 at the earliest) she should be pursuing the criminal suit. One of the best ways to win a civil suit in a case like this is for the defendant to have been convicted in a criminal case.

  16. delfi2 says: Nov 19, 2013 9:58 PM

    This entire thing smells funny and the timing of everything is highly questionable in regards to motive. And, oh yeah where is the new part of the story?

    Good job Mr. Huston: you got me to click on this dumb ass report and comment….mission accomplished Mr.

  17. delfi2 says: Nov 19, 2013 9:59 PM

    One more thing everyone seems to be overlooking…he’s 6’4″ 235lbs. Case closed, folks.

  18. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 19, 2013 10:33 PM

    Amos…
    I know they don’t…but only they could slow it down any more

  19. Deb says: Nov 20, 2013 1:10 AM

    @noaxetogrind …

    First, the TPD spokesman was not quoted as saying someone provided them with new information. He was quoted as saying “Someone has (to have) given us a new piece of information and it has to be someone involved in the case …” He can’t say what info, who provided it, or confirm that any new info was, in fact, provided. But he’s sure that must have happened because it’s the only reason they would have reopened the case.

    Second, yes, I do have a family of criminal defense attorneys. But no, I don’t require their expertise to explain the law to me. I simply disagree with efforts on college campuses to tell women every encounter is an assault. If a woman was unconscious or drugged, certainly anything that happened would have been against her will. But as a rape survivor myself, I have a problem with women who go to bars, get smashing drunk, pick up men, then later say they were unable to give consent for acts in which they willingly participated.

    No, we don’t know what happened here … other than she told authorities she was intoxicated and withdrew her complaint on advice of counsel.

  20. noaxetogrind says: Nov 20, 2013 9:39 AM

    @ desal2ds, I’m with you big guy. In the absence of any credible information or even rumors to suggest your theory of a grand conspiracy on the part of Alabama boosters, that clearly is what it must be. They have paid off the TPD and the SAO. They have come up with a fictional victim and even found a way to place Jameis and the victim together at some past point in time. You clearly get it when so many others don’t. Let’s get together and talk about how 9/11 was really an inside job by Bush, how we never really landed on the moon and where are they hiding Elivs and JFK’s frozen bodies for regeneration at a later date. By the way, no where close to an Alabama fan but student enough of college football to know that I seriously doubt Alabama is worrying over who they may play in the NC game. That is not a knock in any way to FSU, that is merely a statement of fact when a team has won 3 out of the last four NC’s.
    @ Deb, as I said earlier Deb, not sure we disagree on anything here. I also am against frivolous charges and the current trend towards non-accountability by people for their bad choices. All that being said, sorry to hear about your past experience and just glad you are okay and able to move on. I also hope you saw justice in your particular case.

  21. mogogo1 says: Nov 20, 2013 11:55 AM

    If the alleged victim isn’t going to cooperate, the odds of any kind of conviction are zero. This is all a political game. These guys are going to strut around for a while but eventually everything will be dropped for lack of evidence.

    And has anybody ever heard of a serious assault allegation where the supposed perpetrator wasn’t even interviewed for a year after the fact? If they keep floating his name out there without any charges or any real efforts to solve the case, Winston might eventually be able to sue these prosecutors.

  22. Deb says: Nov 20, 2013 11:56 AM

    @noaxetogrind …

    Thank you … and thank you for addressing the nut in the foil hat ;)

  23. 925mvp24 says: Nov 21, 2013 1:19 AM

    Bombshell!!! The DNA from the semen recovered is a match with Jameis. It was recovered from the victim’s underwear.

  24. pittspirates says: Sep 25, 2014 9:25 AM

    they also recovered 2nd sample of dna sample in the same underwear and it matched the black qb that plays for akron. maybe it was a gang bang orgy.

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