TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Defense attorney Tim Jansen held a news conference Thursday morning at the Leon County Courthouse to denounce leaks in the sexual-battery case that involves his client, Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston.
Jansen told reporters Winston voluntarily provided a swab for DNA on Nov. 14. The DNA swab was taken on campus. A Tallahassee Police Department investigator conducted the test.
Jansen said he has not seen the results but noted that reports from ESPN that Winston's DNA was matched evidence taken from the victim following the Dec. 7, 2012, incident did not surprise him.
Jansen said he was outraged by the leak, and it harmed his client's reputation. He said the leak must have come from TPD, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the State Attorney's Office.
FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey earlier Thursday confirmed his agency conducted the DNA-matching test - without detailing its findings - and forwarded those conclusions to TPD and State Attorney Willie Meggs' office.
Jansen continued to maintain that his client had done nothing wrong. He said Winston would be exonerated, in part because of the accounts of what he said were two eyewitnesses. Jansen said DNA was collected from one of those witnesses as well.
Jansen would not comment on whether Winston and the complainant in the case knew each other before Dec. 7, 2012.
The family of the woman who filed the complaint issued a statement Wednesday identifying Winston as her assailant and criticizing the Tallahassee Police Department's handling of the investigation. The statement said a TPD detective working on the case warned the woman's attorney that she would be "raked over the coals" if she proceeded with the complaint.
TPD officials have said little about the case, citing the ongoing investigation.