Tallahassee police reveal details in Jameis Winston probe


From Miami Herald Wire Services

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Tallahassee Police Department released a timeline Wednesday into the investigation of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston that challenges accounts from attorneys critical of the department’s work.

“As we have previously stated, this is an active investigation, and we are not going to discuss details that could possibly impact this case,” interim police Chief Tom Coe said in a statement. “At the same time, there have been process questions that I want to respond to because I believe they demonstrate TPD’s professionalism and the investigative processes of a sexual battery case.”

According to the police’s timeline, the accuser identified Winston — who has not been arrested or charged with a crime — as a suspect on Jan. 10, about a month after she reported an off-campus sexual assault. She then scheduled a meeting with authorities.

The woman’s attorney, Patricia Carroll, contacted the police the next day and said all future contact should go through her. The police timeline said the “meeting with the victim does not occur.”

That contradicts the family’s statement released last week, which said Carroll and the accuser were available to the police “at all times.” Carroll said Wednesday that she had no knowledge of a scheduled interview and that police had already interviewed her client twice.

The TPD timeline said police filed a supplemental report Feb. 11, leaving the case open but inactive “and will be further pursued if the victim decides to pursue charges.”

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