State Attorney Willie Meggs, whose office took over the investigation last month from Tallahassee police, said he plans to make the announcement. A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
The decision will end more than three weeks of intense, national scrutiny of the case involving the leader of FSU’s No. 1-ranked football team, which has prompted sharp criticism of how the Tallahassee Police Department handled the on-again, off-again investigation of a Dec. 7, 2012, incident.
Evidence gathered by investigators the day of the incident matched Winston’s DNA collected by police last month. Winston’s attorney dismissed the connection, insisting sex between his client and the accuser was consensual.
If charged with a felony, FSU’s code of conduct mandates Winston to be immediately suspended from the team until the case is resolved. Only a finding of “extraordinary circumstances” by the administration would allow him to play.
The 19-year-old complainant and her family said police warned that pursuing the allegation against Winston would subject her to public scorn. The family has condemned TPD for what it characterizes as multiple lapses in the investigation, including failure to collect DNA evidence early and prematurely categorizing the case as inactive.
According to TMZ,
The investigation into Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is OVER — and the Heisman candidate will know TOMORROW if he’ll be prosecuted for allegedly raping a female college student last December.
TMZ broke the story … cops sat on the case for MONTHS in what appears to be a coverup — but the Florida State Attorney jumpstarted an investigation last month once TMZ Sports started poking around.
Winston has acknowledged having a sexual encounter with his accuser in December 2012 — but says it was consensual.
The accuser is adamant … she was raped by Winston.
Now, the State Attorney has announced that he will address the media tomorrow to reveal the findings of the investigation — and will reveal whether or not Jameis will be charged with a crime.