Report: Jameis Winston’s DNA matches sample taken from accuser

As of Wednesday night, there is new development in the sexual assault case regarding Jameis Winston.

According to ESPN.com, Winston’s DNA reportedly matches the sample obtained by police from the accuser’s underwear.

While the DNA is a match, there is no proof yet that Winston assaulted the accuser. The Florida state attorney, William Meggs, discussed the difficulties of investigating a case that has lain dormant for nearly a year.

When Meggs was asked Wednesday whether he believed his office could accurately investigate the case more than 11 months after the crime allegedly occurred, he said: “I’m pretty confident, as much as anybody can be. There are two kinds of evidence: testimonial and physical. We’ll have what we have at the end of the day and then we’ll evaluate what we have.”

The state attorney also acknowledged the challenges that come from a case such as this.

Meggs told ESPN.com on Wednesday that he probably will not take the case before a grand jury, saying his office would ultimately decide whether it believes it has sufficient evidence to charge Winston with a crime.

“I’m not stupid,” Meggs said. “It is a young man whose life is in a fish bowl right now. I think about that. There’s also a young girl whose life has been turned upside down and her life will never be the same, either. We look at it and say, ‘Which one of those is most important?’ Both. It is a search for the truth and the truth is kind of elusive sometimes.”

The accuser’s counsel released a statement earlier on Wednesday that she was advised not to pursue the case. Combine that with this latest piece of evidence, and what started as a vague TMZ report is proving to be more complex.

  • Robert Johnston

    This case will never get off the ground..The player will go free and repeat his offense somewhere else in the future…Unfortunately, the girl is not a “star’ and she has waited a year for some “justice” Can you spell stonewall, Mr. DA?

  • Bobbie Jo Justice

    if his dna matches evidence taken from the accuser, that is pretty strong evidence, however it is not absolute. And as far as percentage of match, are we talking a 50% match, an 80% match or ? A 2002 study of accuracy of DNA laboratories in the United States conducted by the University of Texas showed that 1 in 100 profiles may give a false result.

  • Toe

    I’ll have to agree with Mr.Johnston.If it was consensual sex,then why is the State even looking for DNA.Why isn’t Jameis saying anything.If it were me I’d be denouncing my guilt.