December 5th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

FSU Quarterback Jameis Winston Will Not be Charged in Case of Alleged Rape

UPDATE: FSU's Jameis Winston will not be charged in rape case, prosecutor says.

Asked why no charges would be filed, State Attorney Willie Meggs said, "We have a duty as prosecutors to only file ... charges if we have a reasonable likelihood of a conviction."

He added: "We did not feel we could meet that burden."

SEE BACKGROUND:
The state attorney assigned to Heisman Trophy hopeful Jameis Winston's rape case says he is holding a 2pm news conference Thursday to announce his findings, CNN's John Berman reports.

The case began in December when the woman, a student at the Tallahassee university, reported she had been sexually assaulted. A month later she accused Winston of the alleged rape.

Winston did not have consensual sex with a student at Florida State University, despiteĀ claims to the contrary by the football player's lawyer, the family of the accuser said Friday.

"To be clear, the victim did not consent. This was rape," according to a statement released by the accuser's family.

The release of the statement came a day after Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, told reporters the sex was consensual and that his client's DNA was found on the clothing of the woman, who nearly a year ago said she was raped.

ESPN, which first reported the DNA development, said the Florida crime lab determined that the possibility it was someone else's DNA would be one in 2.2 trillion.

HLN Legal Analyst Joey JacksonĀ said on "New Day" Thursday "I would think if there was going to be an arrest, that's what the focus would be instead of a press conference. But what it comes down to, is as any rape case does – is the issue of consent."

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