The woman who accused Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault will make a statement through legal counsel at a news conference Friday morning in Zephyrhills.
The woman's attorney, Dade City's Patricia Carroll, announced the news conference, which is set for 10 a.m. in Zephyr Park.
The State Attorney's Office decided last week that it would not make any criminal charges in a sexual assault investigation that began in December 2012. State Attorney Willie Meggs said the case didn't have a reasonable likelihood of conviction and that the woman's testimony was "moving around a good bit" and included problematic memory lapses. Two of Winston's teammates also provided testimony that the sex was consensual....
SEFFNER — When Armwood quarterback Noah Johnson dropped back on third and 11 in triple overtime, he saw Bartram Trail's pass rush approaching fast.
He looked up a moment later and spotted a hole.
"It just opened up," Johnson said.
So he ran through it, up the middle, then left. By the time he extended the ball in front of him, he had raced his way into Hawks history.
His only touchdown run of the game was the winner in Armwood's 35-28, triple-overtime victory in Friday's Class 6A state semifinal. The Hawks advance to play national power Miami Central next Saturday at 1 p.m. for the state championship....
When the State Attorney's Office resumed a sexual assault investigation against Jameis Winston that had been paused for nine months, investigators encountered several dead ends, including the deletion of partial video of the incident and erased surveillance footage.
Those details were included among 200-plus pages of documents released Friday by the State Attorney's Office, a day after State Attorney Willie Meggs declined to press sexual assault charges against Winston....
TALLAHASSEE — Sometime between a 1 p.m. test and an afternoon football practice, Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston heard the news from his attorney.
Winston would not face charges from a sexual assault investigation that began almost a year ago and exploded into one of the biggest stories in college football.
"We believed from Day 1 in December that this was a consensual act between Mr. Winston and a young woman," said Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen. "We believed it in December. We believed it in February, and we believe it today."...
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to learn today whether he will face criminal charges from a State Attorney's Office investigation into a sexual assault allegation.
The Second Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee will announce the findings of its investigation at a 2 p.m. news conference, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
"We think we have exhausted all investigative tools," State Attorney Willie Meggs said Wednesday....
With the sexual assault investigation of Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston still perhaps a week away from a resolution, the 929 Heisman Trophy voters face a difficult question before they submit their ballots by Monday's deadline.
Should rape allegations factor into the Heisman candidacy of the quarterback for the top-ranked Seminoles, even if he has not been — and may never be — arrested or charged with a crime?...
GAINESVILLE — When the clock finally ran out on Florida's game against Florida State on Saturday — and its first losing season in 34 years — there was a strong vow to make sure there isn't a repeat next season.
"It's a clean slate, but you still have to remember about what happened," LT Max Garcia said after the Seminoles' 37-7 victory. "And you want to not let that happen ever again. We don't want to feel that pain. We don't want to feel this pain ever again. ...
GAINESVILLE — With Florida's standout secondary expected to play man-to-man coverage on Florida State's receivers, Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston called out receiver Kelvin Benjamin a few days before the game.
"If you go out there and do what you've got to do, you will be unstoppable," Winston said, "and no one will be able to cover you."
On Saturday, no one could.
Benjamin set career highs in catches (nine), receiving yards (212) and touchdowns (three). He single-handedly outgained the Gators offense by 19 yards and was FSU's first 200-yard receiver since Craphonso Thorpe lit up Notre Dame for 217 a decade ago....
SEFFNER — Armwood's highly touted defense heard the jokes after giving up 48 points in a second-round win over Jefferson last week.
The Hawks should change their name to Armwoo — no D.
"Our defense was like, nah, we can't have that," defensive lineman Byron Cowart said.
So Cowart's Hawks silenced the jokers Friday night, returning to typical defensive dominance by overwhelming Springstead in a 41-0 Class 6A region final blowout at Lyle Flagg Field....
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."...
TALLAHASSEE — State Attorney Willie Meggs was traveling out of state Nov. 13 when the calls started flowing.
He couldn't catch the details immediately, but between static-filled conversations from the road, he got the gist of it: Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston was a suspect in a sexual assault reported 11 months earlier.
"I had enough to know we got an issue we got to deal with," Meggs said in an interview last week....
Since news broke in November that Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston was a suspect in a sexual assault reported in December 2012, the timing of the investigation has drawn numerous questions.
Why did this issue come up now? What happened that night? When was the case reactivated, and why?
Many answers remain unclear, and some accounts contradict others. With those caveats, here's a timeline of the Winston case, compiled through police accounts, statements from both attorneys, the state attorney's office and media reports from the Associated Press, ESPN and the Tallahassee Democrat:...
TALLAHASSEE — An attorney for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said Thursday that his client "absolutely" had consensual sex with a woman who has accused him of sexual assault.
Tim Jansen, a Tallahassee attorney, said Winston, 19, voluntarily submitted a DNA sample Nov. 14, the Associated Press reported. Jansen said in a news conference that he believes Winston, who has not been arrested or charged with a crime, will be cleared of any wrongdoing and the presence of DNA does not mean he is guilty....
A Tallahassee detective told an accuser's attorney that her client's life "will be made miserable" if she pursued a sexual assault case against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the woman's family said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
The statement — released through the family's attorney, Patricia Carroll — includes the first public comments from the complainant and her family since allegations surfaced last week that the Heisman Trophy front-runner was involved in an investigation of a reported sexual assault in December 2012....
The sexual assault investigation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston initially stalled after the accuser declined to cooperate but reopened last week after new information emerged in the months-old case, according to a report Tuesday by the Tallahassee Democrat.
According to the newspaper, Tallahassee city manager Anita Favors Thompson told city commissioners in an email last week that Tallahassee police had investigated a case "against FSU football player Jameis Winston." The investigation of the December 2012 incident halted after the accuser stopped responding to police....