Jameis Winston's accuser's attorney discusses rape investigation

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - The lawyer for the woman who accused Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston of sexually assaulting her is calling for the Florida Attorney General to investigate the rape case and the Tallahassee Police Department.

Patricia Carroll made the statements at a news conference at a park in Zephyrhills Friday.

Winston, a Heisman Trophy candidate, was accused of raping the FSU student about a year ago. The charges were dropped Dec. 5 due to a lack of evidence, according to the State Attorney's office. The state attorney said DNA found in the accuser's underwear matched Winston. But Winston's attorney, Timothy Jansen, has suggested Winston had consensual sex with the accuser.

Carroll said that the bulk of the investigation was into the rape victim, not into the rape suspect. She said she became critical of the investigation on Jan. 11 when she was warned by police that Tallahassee is a "big football town, and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable."

After the investigation was launched, Carroll said search warrants were obtained for the alleged victim's phone records, texts, and social media accounts and no such search warrants were obtained for any of Winston's records. Carroll said there were over 150 pages of an investigation into the alleged victim, but only 11 pages investigating Winston. "No investigation was conducted to speak of into the suspect in this case," Carroll said.

Carroll also said the medical records of the woman that were released to the press were redacted, with significant injuries suffered by the victim omitted. "We perceive that as a problem" that warrants further investigation, she said.

The woman told police she and her friends had five to six shots at a bar and her "memory is very broken from that point forward." She said she remembered being in a cab with a "non-descript" black man and going into an apartment where she was raped. The woman didn't identify Winston until about a month after the alleged assault.

Carroll said the woman had physical injuries and signs of date rape drugs during her hospital visit following the incident.

The woman has since left the FSU campus for safety reasons, said Carroll, having had her tires slashed and threats made against her sorority sisters. "She basically is trying to get through her final exams," said Carroll.
 

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