TALLAHASSEE - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not face sexual assault charges. State Attorney Willie Meggs announced earlier Thursday there isn't enough evidence to win a conviction.
2nd judicial circuit state attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement Thursday afternoon during a well publicized news conference.
"We came to the decision that it was not a case we could bring forward because we would not have burden of proof, the probable cause, and the reasonable likelihood of a conviction," said State Attorney, Willie Meggs.
It means FSU's 19 year old star quarterback Jameis Winston will not face charges that he raped an FSU student last December. The woman reported the attack immediately after it allegedly happened.
Tallahassee police did not take much action until last month, when the State Attorney's Office got involved.
Over the course of the investigation, prosecutors found Winston's DNA in the woman's underwear. Winston's attorney says he and the woman had consensual sex.
"We believe from day one in December that this was a consensual act between Mr. Winston and a young woman. We believed it in December. We believed it in February and we believe it today," said Timothy Jansen, Winston's Attorney.
The biggest factor behind Meggs' decision seems to be the victim's story.
She told police she and friends had several shots at a Tallahassee bar. After that, she says she couldn't remember much.
Her attorney issued a statement saying they appreciate the State Attorney's efforts. The statement goes on to say they're afraid this experience may discourage other rape victims from coming forward.
Students at Florida State University's Panama City campus say they've been closely watching the case.
"It is a big impact. We've been speaking about this among the students for probably about a week and a half now," said Christine Hale, an FSU-PC student.
"I was a little bit surprised because there was a big thing about it and there's been evidence about him with the DNA being on there. Certainly enough i thought it would come to a hearing or trial," said Brandon Yates, an FSU-PC student.
Experts seem to think Thursday's developments will lift the cloud of suspicion over Winston's chances at winning the Heisman.
He's considered the front-runner with voting ending next Monday. It also clears the way for FSU's run at an ACC and national title run.