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Attorney for Winston accuser blasts investigation

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The attorney representing the accuser in the Jameis Winston sexual battery case asked the state attorney general to conduct an independent investigation because of concerns she had with the investigation performed by the Tallahassee Police Department and the state attorney.

Patricia Carroll made her comments at a news conference Friday in Zephyrhills, Fla., in response to the state attorney's decision last week to close the case against the Florida State quarterback with no charges being filed.

Carroll said she had issues with the investigation, including the blood work and urine sample as well as discrepancies with phone records.

She also claimed there were important differences between documents released to the media and original documents held by the family. One of the differences, she said, was the deletion in the publicly released statement of references to injuries to the alleged victim and a prescription for pain medication.

"Do I believe this failure of an investigation was related to the fact he was on the football team? I do," Carroll said.

Even though the investigation found no signs of any drugs, according to the urine sample, Carroll questioned the toxicology reports. She said she believed her client was given rape drugs.

Carroll also was critical on the investigators' heavy reliance on affidavits provided by two of Winston's teammates, Chris Casher and Ronald Darby, who claimed to be witnesses. Carroll said both players were unreliable and inconsistent in their statements.

Carroll said she and her client are not pursuing a civil lawsuit at this time.

Winston is expected to be named the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, and he is scheduled to lead the Seminoles against Auburn in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 6.
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