Friday, November 15, 2013
Winston's role in case to be decided soon
By Mark Schlabach
The state attorney investigating Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's role in an alleged sexual assault said his office could decide within the next two weeks whether to pursue criminal charges against the Heisman Trophy candidate.
William Meggs, state attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee, said his office has interviewed several witnesses over the past two days, after Tallahassee police referred the case to his office on Wednesday.
"We are making interesting progress," Meggs said. "I think we can get to a point where we came make a decision by next week or the week after."
The timing of Meggs' decision is important because if authorities charge Winston with a felony crime, he would be immediately suspended and ineligible for competition under the FSU athletics department's policies.
"We're interviewing a lot of people," Meggs said. "It's become my responsibility, and I'm going to do everything I think I'm supposed to do to do the right thing."
Multiple reports have connected Winston to an incident on Dec. 7, 2012. Tallahassee police have only confirmed they are investigating the report of an alleged sexual assault on that date.
The alleged victim only identified Winston as her alleged attacker nearly a month after first reporting the crime to FSU campus police, sources told ESPN.com. FSU police referred the case to Tallahassee police because the alleged incident took place at an off-campus apartment. It's unclear why Tallahassee police waited nearly 11 months to refer the case to the state attorney's office.
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