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Police respond to FSU quarterback Winston alleged rape case
The Tallahassee Police Department is trying to clear the air about what went on during the investigation into Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston.
A woman has accused Winston of sexual assault in December of last year. The investigation is still ongoing, and Winston has not been charged with a crime.
Matt Galka has more on the new report that has just been released by police.
In a move that was done to clear up questions about their process, the Tallahassee Police Department released a timeline of their actions in the alleged sexual battery case involving Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston. It starts December 7th and goes through August 27th. It states that a suspect wasn't named until January 10th, and on January 23rd that suspect's lawyer declined to have his client interviewed by TPD. The release has Winston's attorney furious.
"They again are releasing information, some facts, not all correct on a case that is ongoing, still under investigation, still pending. The only purpose is not to protect my client's rights, but to, I believe, cover themselves. I absolutely believe his rights have been violated."
It wasn't until February 11th, the case was deemed open but inactive unless the victim decided to pursue charges. The timeline also reports contact with the alleged victim's attorney saying that she would review the findings of an FDLE toxicology report and would let the police department know if they wanted to go further.
City Commissioner Scott Maddox sticks by the decision to release the order of events.
"I think it was smart to put the timeline out and defend our process. There's been a lot of stuff going back and forth on the Internet, the bottom line is, the city of Tallahassee treated this case like any other case. What's important is that we make sure justice was done here."
"What they're releasing could have a potential impact on a jury pool, there's no reason."
An attempt was made to contact Patricia Carroll, the attorney for the alleged victim, But she was out of the office until Monday.