Accuser's lawyer criticizes rape probe involving Heisman favorite

Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:51pm EST
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By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The lawyer for a young woman who claimed to have been raped by Florida State University quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston blasted police and prosecutors' handling of the case on Friday and called for further investigation.

State Attorney Willie Meggs announced on December 5 he would not file charges against Winston, the front runner to win college football's top award, after accusations surfaced that Winston assaulted a woman in December 2012 before his college playing career began.

Meggs said there was insufficient evidence to charge Winston, whose lawyer has said the football player and his 19-year-old accuser had consensual sex.

Patricia Carroll, a lawyer for the young woman, told reporters she believed authorities mishandled the investigation.

Carroll said prosecutors deleted part of the accuser's medical records showing her injuries, did not question important witnesses who described the accuser as "hysterical" after the incident and delayed testing blood and urine samples.

"We perceive that as a problem that warrants further investigation," said Carroll, a former prosecutor.

Meggs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Winston was accused by a Florida State student who said she was raped after a night of drinking with friends at a bar near campus.   Continued...

Patricia Carroll, attorney for a Florida State University (FSU) student who said she was sexually assaulted in an incident involving FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, talks to the media about the closed case during a news conference in Zephyr Hills, Florida, December 13, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Nesius