State Attorney Willie Meggs said Wednesday that he will announce the results of his investigation into sexual assault allegations against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston on Thursday.
"We're going to make an announcement tomorrow at 2,'' Meggs told the Herald/Times. "We'll reveal all that we can reveal."
Winston, who was named ACC Player of the Year on Wednesday, is scheduled to fly to Charlotte, NC on Thursday evening for the ACC championship game scheduled Saturday. Under his leadership, FSU has been elevated to No. 1 in college football rankings and will play for the conference title.
Meggs, who took over the investigation three weeks ago from the Tallahassee Police Department, said the timing of the team's departure did not factor into his scheduling of the announcement.
Winston, a Heisman Trophy candidate and red-shirt freshman standout, has been the focus of national media scrutiny since it was revealed that he was the subject of a sexual assault investigation stemming from a Dec. 7, 2012, incident at an off-campus apartment at FSU.
Many Heisman voters have refrained from casting their ballots as they await the results of Megg's investigation. The deadline for ballots to be returned is Dec. 9.
Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen of Tallahassee, said he is confident that the evidence Meggs reviewed will exonerate Winston.
"I don't know all the evidence that he has reviewed. We're not privvy to everything,'' Jansen told the Herald/Times. "We are confident that it will show that Mr. Winston did nothing wrong."
Jansen said he hopes to make Winston available to the media after Megg's announcement. "He will not answer specific questions but he will make a comment,'' he said. "It will depend on what Mr. Meggs does."
Although the woman identified Winston on Jan. 10, police did not obtain DNA evidence from Winston until Nov. 14. Jansen confirmed that Winston's DNA matched the evidence gathered by investigators on the night of the incident but said that the sex between Winston and the accuser was consensual.
Patricia Carroll, the lawyer for the 19-year-old woman who filed the complaint said in a statement that police had warned her that pursuing the allegation against Winston would subject her to ridicule and scorn in the football-dominant town. The police say they did not continue to pursue the case after the accuser and her lawyer stopped contact with them. The accuser's lawyer denied that characterization in a statement and blame the delay on the police's failure to pursue the investigation.
The case was turned over to Meggs last month after the Tampa Bay Times first inquired about it.
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