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Attorney of Winston accuser plans lawsuits, wants ‘heads to roll’


Published:   |   Updated: January 9, 2014 at 07:43 AM

The attorney for the woman who claimed she was raped by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said she “absolutely” planned to file civil lawsuits against Winston and the Tallahassee Police Department.

“I want to see heads roll,” Patricia Carroll, the Dade City attorney representing the 20-year-old former FSU student, told ABC News.

Winston, 20, led the Seminoles over Auburn in the BCS championship game Monday night, ending a 13-0 season. He was also awarded this season’s Heisman Trophy as the country’s best college football player.

The season, however, has been clouded by an investigation in a Dec. 7, 2012, incident at an off-campus apartment involving Winston and the woman, who is from the Tampa Bay area.

Winston’s attorney has said Winston and the accuser had consensual sex that night.

Last month, Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs said that after an investigation by his office there was not sufficient evidence to prove a criminal charge of sexual assault. Among the factors cited by Meggs were “holes” in the accuser’s version of events.

At a news conference last month in Zephyrhills, Carroll criticized Tallahassee police’s handling of the case as a reason no charges were filed against Winston. Carroll said detectives failed to interview key witnesses, used unreliable and incomplete forensic tests and never tested her client’s blood for the presence of date-rape drugs. The agency has defended its investigation.

“You cannot have law enforcement that is not held accountable,” Carroll told ABC News in a report that aired Wednesday.

Carroll also told ABC News her client has received death threats from FSU football fans who learned the woman’s identity despite efforts to remain anonymous.

“ ‘You’re going to die.’ ‘I’m going to kill you.’ That kind of thing,” Carroll said.

Carroll also said that on Tuesday morning – as fans and students celebrated the Seminoles’ national title – authorities warned her client to not return to school.

“I specifically inquired. They both looked at me and said absolutely not,” Carroll told ABC News.

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