TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The state attorney investigating allegations that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sexually assaulted a woman said his office probably won't make a decision on whether to charge the Heisman Trophy candidate with a crime until early next week or even later.
"We're waiting on some things and we still have some loose ends to tie up," William Meggs, state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, told ESPN.com.
Meggs told The Associated Press there are still "four or five" things that still need to be done before a decision is made on potential charges.
Asked when his office might be ready to make a decision on whether it has sufficient evidence to charge Winston, Meggs told ESPN.com: "I don't really know. I don't know. When you're depending on other people, it makes it a little more difficult. They're not working on our schedule."
Meggs said Wednesday he does not anticipate taking the case in front of a grand jury. On Friday, he said that although prosecutors have interviewed the accuser, they have not wrapped up their investigation. Meggs did not provide details of the interview with the woman.
The woman, who says Winston sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012, was a fellow FSU student but withdrew from classes after details of the incident were released to media by Tallahassee police last week. On Thursday morning, Winston's attorney said his client had sex with the woman but that it was "absolutely" consensual.
A DNA analysis completed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday confirmed that DNA provided by Winston matched the sample taken from the underwear of the accuser. Tim Jansen, Winston's attorney, said that fact didn't affect his defense.
"I don't think it's a secret what the defense is when I tell you that we are not surprised his DNA was found," Jansen said. "We anticipated it would be found. We never, ever said he wasn't there."
If Winston is charged with a felony, he will be subject to immediate suspension from the team. According to FSU's Intercollegiate Athletics Policies and Procedures handbook, student-athletes charged with a felony "will not be permitted to represent FSU Athletics in game competition until such time as the charge is resolved and all court, university and athletics department conditions for reinstatement have been met."
The FSU policy does include a stipulation that allows the suspension to be waived for "extraordinary circumstances as determined by the administration."
Winston, a redshirt freshman from Bessemer, Ala., is a leading Heisman candidate and has guided the No. 2 Seminoles to a 10-0 record in his first season as a starter. He is expected to start Saturday's home game against Idaho at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Information from ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach and The Associated Press was used in this report.