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Jameis Winston

Cops BLEW SHOT at Key Surveillance Footage

12/5/2013 10:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1205_jameis_winston_potbelly_gettyAnother apparent blunder by police in the Jameis Winston case ... TMZ Sports has learned there WAS surveillance footage at the bar where Jameis and the accuser were allegedly boozing before the incident ... but since cops delayed the investigation, the video was written over and lost for good.

We spoke with the owner of Potbelly's bar in Tallahassee, Fl ... who tells us investigators only RECENTLY came to his establishment and asked for footage that could have shown the interaction between Jameis and the accuser in the hours leading up to the alleged rape. 

According to the search warrant, the alleged victim told police she had been boozing hard at Potbelly's before the incident (5 or 6 shots that night) ... and she left with a black guy who she later ID'd as Winston.

Problem is ... the incident happened back in Dec. 2012 ... but cops never bothered to go to the bar and ask for the footage until TMZ Sports began to poke around last month.

The owner of the bar tells us ... he would have gladly complied with police, but his video system only holds footage for 30 days ... so the video from the night in question is long gone.

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Alvin Law    

oh man!

324 days ago


So what, toxicology reported no alcohol or drugs in her system.. video would have proved nothing, everyone knows she got in that cab with winston, casher and darby. Try to keep up TMZ.

324 days ago

Yeh Hu    

The smoking gun in Jameis Winston's defense that no one is talking about is that there was no DNA from Jameis on the alleged victim's shorts. The testimony of the witness was that Jameis undressed her, raped her, then dressed her….yet the only DNA that conclusively matched Jameis was on her panties. Sounds like consensual sex to me……( she undressed herself then he had sex with her just like he said and the 2 witnesses Christopher Casher and Ronald Darby) By the way does anyone know if the Marcus Jordan that is friends with the alleged victim is the son of Michael Jordan?

322 days ago

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