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Investigators still want to talk to FSU's Karlos Williams about a recent armed robbery.

One day after it was announced that Florida State starting tailback Karlos Williams was being investigated in a domestic battery case, the attorney representing the alleged victim said he has requested the Tallahassee Police Department to drop its investigation.

Tallahassee attorney Nathan Prince told the Tallahassee Democrat he has informally asked police to stop the investigation and that he will formally submit a request to terminate it. He told the newspaper his client will not talk to investigators and has not filed a complaint.

"She doesn't want to make any comments on the facts of the case," Prince said. "There aren't any witnesses that have provided testimony."

Prince also told the paper that Williams and his client used to be a couple and lived together. They have one child together and another on the way.

Meanwhile, the Florida State Attorney's office told ESPN.com that investigators attempted to interview Williams last week about a June 23 robbery of an FSU student, but that Williams declined to speak to an assistant state attorney and an investigator from the Tallahassee Police Department.

ESPN.com reported that on July 30, Tallahassee police arrested an 18-year-old for his alleged role in a robbery of a 26-year-old FSU student who also happens to be a retired Marine; the 26-year-old said he was robbed by three men while purchasing marijuana at his home near FSU's Doak Campbell Stadium.

Williams was listed as an "associate" of the 18-year-old on the initial police report, and Tallahassee Police Department spokesman David Northway told ESPN.com that a police investigator attempted to interview Williams in late June. Northway told ESPN.com that Williams initially agreed to an interview but never showed up, and that investigators were told Williams had hired an attorney and would not be giving a statement.

Williams -- whose brother, Vince, is a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker -- has not been arrested or charged.

Deputy Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman told the Palm Beach Post that "the only indication (Williams) was involved is suspicion on the part of the victim. The victim in the case believes (Williams) was involved in setting up the robbery. There is no evidence of such."

Tim Jansen, who represented Jameis Winston during the investigation of an alleged sexual assault, has been retained as Williams' attorney.

"I have been informed by the investigator for the State's Attorney that Mr. Williams is not a suspect to the armed robbery incident back in June. In fact, I was told this morning that at most Mr. Williams might be a witness," Jansen said in a statement Tuesday. "It's unfortunate that authorities have leaked to the press false and misleading information. Using the term 'associated' was an inflammatory device to inflame readers. It's irresponsible to lead the public to believe the Mr. Williams was somehow involved in the incident."

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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