Reports surfaced Wednesday evening that the investigation into the complaint of an alleged sexual assault made against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston last December is complete and a press conference would be held this afternoon to reveal the results.
Both the Tallahassee Democrat and Yahoo! Sports spoke to local attorneys ahead of the announcement and, based on their experience, the fact that state’s attorney Willie Meggs, whose office is handling the investigation, has scheduled a press conference appears to indicate that no charges will be filed against Winston.
“It sends a strong signal that Jameis Winston will not be charged and Mr. Meggs will use the press conference to explain the results of the thorough investigation that his office completed over the past few weeks,” Chuck Hobbs, a defense attorney who previously worked for Meggs in the state attorney’s office, told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday evening.
From the Democrat:
“I don’t think they would hold a press conference to announce an arrest,” said Tallahassee defense attorney John Leace, who helped to successfully defend former FSU player Travis Johnson against a rape allegation in 2003.
The Heisman front-runner’s attorney, Tim Jansen, told the Democrat that standard protocol would be for Meggs or his office to contact him prior to charges being filed. Jansen has not spoken to Meggs or anyone from his office as of late Wednesday night regarding potential charges, but hopes to hear from them prior to the 2 p.m. ET press conference.
Jansen has spoken to FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher and Winston’s parents regarding the development, and will, along with the player, hold a press conference at around 6:30 p.m. ET this evening to discuss Meggs’ announcement. The top-ranked Seminoles are scheduled to fly to Charlotte at 7:45 this evening ahead of Saturday’s ACC championship game.
“We are glad it is hopefully going to come to a conclusion [today]. We thank Mr. Meggs for conducting a thorough investigation and, whatever his decision, that the public will accept his decision and will move forward either way,” Jansen told the Democrat. “Either we are going to gear up for a trial or the cloud is going to be lifted and people can move on to their everyday lives.”