Jameis Winston accuser's lawyer asks for independent investigation of case
The lawyer for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault questioned the investigation into the complaint and alleged that Winston received preferential treatment because he is a member of the football team.
At the press conference held Friday in Zephyrhills, Fla., Patricia Carroll, the accuser's attorney, focused on detectives' alleged failures and called for the Florida attorney general's office to conduct an independent investigation of the case and the Tallahassee Police Department.
"No investigation to speak of was conducted into the subject of this case," Carroll said.
She later added: "I would characterize the investigation overall as an investigation into a rape victim as opposed to an investigation into a rape suspect."
State Attorney Willie Meggs announced last week that his office did not have enough evidence to pursue charges against Winston. The Florida State quarterback has denied the allegations since they publicly emerged on Nov. 13.
Carroll spoke about alleged delays in questioning witnesses, processing evidence, and updating her and the accuser about the case.
She also said that the victim was not planning to take civil action at this time. Winston was named the Davey O'Brien Award winner as the nation's best quarterback Thursday night. He is considered the favorite to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy on Saturday.