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Lawyer: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston volunteered DNA to police

Published November 21, 2013 10:04 pm

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College football • There was a lot of finger-pointing Thursday in the sexual assault investigation involving Florida State's Jameis Winston after a DNA report linking the quarterback to the alleged victim was leaked to the media.

Tim Jensen, Winston's attorney, and State Attorney Willie Meggs held news conferences within minutes of one another. Jensen insinuated that the leak came from Meggs' office, an assertion the state attorney denied.

Jensen did reveal that Winston voluntarily gave a DNA sample to Tallahassee police last week, but said that even if it matches that of the alleged victim it wouldn't mean his client raped the woman.

Jensen said the sex between Winston and the accuser "absolutely" was consensual, but then retreated when pressed by reporters who asked him to confirm what he just said.

"I'm not saying that," he said. "I'm saying the eyewitnesses that were there will verify that any material that was found, or any evidence that was found, is consistent with him [doing] nothing wrong."

From wire reports