Winston accuser's attorney asks Fla. AG for investigation into case

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Jameis Winston is the heavy Heisman Trophy favorite. (USATSI)
Jameis Winston is the heavy Heisman Trophy favorite. (USATSI)
The attorney for the female Florida State student who accused Jameis Winston of sexual assault said at a press conference Friday that the state attorney general's office should launch a review of the Tallahassee Police Department's handling of the investigation.

"The bulk of the investigation was into the rape victim," Patricia Carroll said. "I'm looking at an investigation of a rape victim, not a rape suspect."

Per the Associated Press, Carroll said the lead detective assigned to the case received a search warrant for her client's cell phone and social media accounts, but did not do so for either Winston or the two friends who may have present at the time of the alleged assault.

Carroll said that Tallahassee police's efforts to interview witnesses and perform DNA tests were lacking, calling the investigation's issues "so significant and so multiple."

Carroll called any discussion of a civil suit against Winston "premature."

State Attorney Willie Meggs announced Dec. 5 that an investigation by his office into the allegations would not result in any charges against Winston. The Tallahassee Police Department has defended its handling of the case.

"The case is closed, and we continue to support Mr. Meggs as we have done throughout this process," David Northway, a police spokesman, said Friday.

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