UPDATED By Julie Montanaro December 13, 2013
We are trying to reach the attorney general for a comment on calls for a review of the Jameis Winston sexual battery investigation.
Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman says the accuser’s urine was checked for every commonly known date rape drug, because those drugs are metabolized in the urine and that is the best place to find them.
Cappleman says their office has no concern about the authenticity of the urine tested in this case or the chain of custody for evidence in the case.
Cappleman says by the time they got the case it was too late to retrieve the content of text messages from the phones of Winston and his friends. ‘I can’t comment on why that wasn’t done initially,” she said.
Cappleman said they would have tried to find out if Winston or his friends sent the text message “Come outside.” Cappleman says investigators also would have been interested in the video that Chris Casher claims he took of the sexual encounter, but says he no longer has that cell phone.
UPDATED By Julie Montanaro December 13, 2013
Tallahassee Police Spokesman David Northway would not comment the specific allegations made by the accuser’s attorney.
Northway said their response to questions about how TPD handled the sexual battery investigation of Jameis Winston are the records. reports and timelines already posted on line for all to see.
Northway says the case is closed and TPD continues to support the state attorney in his efforts.
Northway says HIPAA law does not allow TPD to release full medical records in the case without the permission of the owner or a court order.
Northway says Tallahassee Police followed all of their policies and procedures for chain of custody in the handling of evidence in this case.
Northway says TPD will not be commenting on camera about this case.
Northway says Investigator Scott Angulo is still assigned to the special victims unit at TPD.
WCTV Eyewitness News
Zephyrhills, FL — Patricia Carroll, the attorney for the accuser in the Jameis Winston sexual assault case, announced today in a press conference in Zephyrhills, FL that they are calling on the Attorney General’s Office to investigate the case and the Tallahassee Police Department.
Carroll said at one point in the press conference that “no investigation was conducted to speak of into the suspect in this case.”
Carroll claims the investigation has been into a rape victim, instead of an investigation into a rape suspect.
Carroll said “My client is alleging still that he raped her.” “She was raped, She sought help … and they failed her,” Carroll said. “This may be the politics of football.”
Carroll called the sexual battery investigation “a complete failure,” and said it was related to Winston’s position on the football team.
She blasted the Tallahassee Police investigator in the case. She questioned why Investigator Angulo didn’t interview “outcry” witnesses that the victim reached out to in the hours after the incident. She questioned why Angulo didn’t get a search warrant for Jameis Winston’s DNA or his apartment even after the woman identified him as the suspect. She questioned why Angulo did not get a search warrant for Winston’s cell phone records, or the phone records of Chris Casher and Ronald Darby.
Carroll also questioned why the state attorney – once he took over the investigation – didn’t get those cell phone records. She says the state attorney told her they weren’t available, she contends he never tried.
Carroll also suggested the young woman was drugged. She said she had memory lapses, vomitting, a terrible headache and other symptoms consistent with a rape drug. Carroll claims the state attorney didn’t test the woman’s blood for those drugs. Carroll claims the state attorney didn’t release complete medical records for the young woman either, including a clinical impression of “sexual assault.”
Carroll says the accuser has left FSU and her sorority. “She is not doing well, but she is a strong girl,” Carroll said.
Associated Press News Release
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault is planning a press conference.
The conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in a park in Zephyrhills. Patricia Carroll, the attorney representing the woman, said in a news release that her client wanted her to make a statement.
The young woman’s mother told WTSP Channel 10 in Tampa on Thursday that the press conference is “gonna be good,” but wouldn’t elaborate.
On Dec. 5, Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs announced there was not enough evidence to win a conviction against FSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser’s story.
The accuser didn’t identify Winston until about a month after the alleged assault.