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.