The Tallahassee Police Department screwed up the Jameis Winston rape case. This, according to Winston's accuser, who is now asking Gov. Rick Scott's office to open an internal investigation of the Tallahassee PD.
According to a report from TMZ, the accuser's attorney, Patricia Carroll, says she's sent letters to Scott's office letters and to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asking to have the police department investigated for supposedly botching the case.
On December 5, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced at a news conference that Winston would not be charged and that the decision to drop the case was final.
But Carroll and her client are saying that the Tallahassee PD didn't do their job.
Last month, authorities revealed that DNA matching the FSU star quarterback and Heisman winner had been found in a sample taken from the underwear of the Tallahassee woman who had accused him of sexual assault.
Carroll says that police were faulty in their investigation from the moment the accuser came forward. She says they failed to interview witnesses, did not conduct blood tests for rape drugs, and sat on the case for almost a year.
This is the second time Carroll and her client have requested an investigation following Meggs' news conference.
"There appears to be a complete failure of an investigation of a rape case," Carroll said following Meggs' announcement. "I call upon the attorney general to conduct an independent investigation into this case and the Tallahassee Police Department."
Bondi's office responded by saying any such request needs to go through Scott's office. But Scott's office released a statement saying it would not reopen the case.
"The State Attorney's Office and FDLE did a thorough investigation of this case, and they concluded that no further action on this matter is required," spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said in an email to the media.
Carroll says her client has been inundated with letters from other alleged rape victims complaining of the same treatment by the Tallahassee Police Department. This, they hope, will be enough for Scott to change his mind and authorize an investigation.
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