Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jury convicts ex-NFL player of rape, mulls 8 other charges

Jury convicts ex-NFL player of rape, mulls 8 other charges

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II, who set school records at the University of Miami while being honored as the nation's best college player at his position, on Monday was found guilty of raping a homeless woman previous year, as well as misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and committing a lewd act related to other victims.

Prosecutors were anxious Winslow's star power would effect the trial. He was hit with 12 charges total, and the jury returned a verdict on four of them late Monday.

He faced misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure, willful cruelty to an elderly person, battery against an elderly person and two counts of lewd conduct. He was the sixth overall draft pick in 2004 (by the Browns) and is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow.

While Winslow was out on bail and awaiting trial, a 77-year-old woman reported that he had committed lewd acts in front of her at a gym in February. The panel found him not guilty of a second count of committing a lewd act, which prosecutors said happened in front of a woman in a hot tub in Carlsbad, Calif.

Winslow was arrested a year ago when authorities say he sexually assaulted two women in two separate instances occurring in March 2018 and May 2018, respectively.

The indecent exposure incident involved a 58-year-old woman who was gardening in her front yard.

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Jurors told San Diego Superior Court Blaine Bowman that they had not yet reached a consensus on the other eight counts, but agreed to deliberate further.

In all, Winslow faced 12 counts involving five women, all of whom testified during the trial. A third woman came forward alleging that Winslow raped her while she was unconscious some 15 years ago. Jurors went home less than an hour later and were ordered to resume deliberating Tuesday.

"The jurors could benefit from an explanation as to what being under oath means", the note said.

Defence lawyer Marc Carlos questioned the credibility of the women's claims, saying they had lied, misconstrued things or were unable to initially identify him correctly.

In his closing statement, prosecutor Dan Owens called Winslow a "wolf in sheep's clothing" and urged the jury to use "common sense" to deliver justice for his five alleged victims, including the three accusing him of rape. Prosecutors say the crux of their testimonies remained unchanged.

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