Report: Winston’s DNA connected to victim

A DNA test has connected Jameis Winston's DNA to a sample collected from a sexual assault kit. (AP)

A DNA test has connected Jameis Winston's DNA to a sample collected from a sexual assault kit. (AP)

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s DNA has been matched to a sample from the underwear of the woman who accused him of sexual battery, ESPN.com has reported.

ESPN.com reporter Mark Schlabach wrote that he had obtained a copy of the DNA analysis report conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It stated that Winston’s DNA, which recently was obtained by authorities, matched the DNA taken from the underwear in the sexual assault kit on Dec. 7, 2012.

It was “determined the chance of the DNA in the woman’s underwear being a match for someone other than Winston was one in 2.2 trillion,” the article reported.

The article stated:

“The DNA match alone does not prove that Winston … sexually assaulted the woman, as the accuser’s family claimed in a statement released Wednesday by a Tampa, Fla.-based attorney. But it does indicate that Winston, who has yet to talk to Tallahassee police or the state attorney investigating the case, had his DNA associated with the accuser on Dec. 7, 2012, when the accuser said she was sexually assaulted.”

Here’s that Winston’s attorney, Tim Jansen, told ESPN.com:

“We have professionally tried to maintain the dignity of an investigation. However, either the Tallahassee Police Department or Mr. Meggs’ office has decided they’re going to improperly leak evidence to the media. We are saddened to learn that someone has decided to leak evidence to the public before Mr. Meggs has had time to make a decision. The improperly leaked report, if true, has zero impact on Mr. Winston’s defense, and Mr. Winston maintains his innocence. We voluntarily submitted DNA last week.”

Winston, a redshirt freshman, has thrown for 2,938 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions for No. 2 Florida State (10-0). He is a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

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