Lawyer denies Jameis Winston accuser changed her mind

The lawyer of a woman allegedly sexually assaulted by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has denied claims that her client requested charges not be pressed, telling the AP such an event never happened.

Attorney Patricia Carroll said a Tallahassee city official's email distributed by the Tallahassee Democrat was false, and claims it was the actions of the Tallahassee Police Department that halted the case.

Carroll says the alleged victim was trying to get on with her life after it became apparent the Tallahassee Police Department was not seriously investigating the case. TPD did not respond to calls seeking comment.

Earlier Wednesday, the family of the alleged victim released a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, accusing police of swaying the woman towards not prosecuting the case, as well as refusing to collect evidence, including DNA and witness reports.

Winston has not been formally charged with a crime nor officially named as a suspect. The alleged incident happened in December 2012.


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