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Defense rests in Kellen Winslow sexual assault trial

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The defense has rested Monday afternoon in the sexual assault trial of former Miami Hurricanes All-American and NFL star Kellen Winslow II in San Diego, CA.

Lawyers for the 35 year old son of the Hall of Famer with the same name, called only five witnesses on his behalf Monday and most importantly, Winslow did not take the stand to rebut the allegations made by numerous accusers:

Prosecutors have charged Winslow with 12 criminal counts in a combined trial that has five alleged victims. Three of the accusers say that Winslow raped them, including one who says that she was 17 years old at the time in 2003. Winslow was also charged with other crimes including indecent exposure and lewd conduct involving two other women.

All three of the alleged sexual assault victims, including two homeless women in their 50s, faced Winslow in court and testified to his alleged actions. Observers said that the most compelling of the accusers was the now, 33 year old woman, “Jane Doe #3”, who was a 17 year old teenager in 2003.

She admitted that she had had consensual sex earlier that summer with Winslow, who at the time was a 19 year year old junior at the University of Miami, and was back home for the summer in San Diego. However, that Jane Doe says that Winslow forcibly raped her weeks later at a friend’s home with others in the house at the time.

The prosecution rested its case on Thursday afternoon and court was not in session on Friday. It had been expected that Winslow’s team of lawyers would put on a somewhat more lengthy defense, than what they eventually chose to do on Monday. The prosecution had no rebuttal witnesses Monday.

Winslow played for the Hurricanes from 2001 through 2003. He earned All-American honors and the John Mackey Award for the nation’s top tight end in his final season. He was the sixth overall pick of the Browns in the 2004 draft, where he reunited with the coach that recruited him and coached him originally at Miami, Butch Davis.

After his rookie season Winslow suffered a horrific knee and leg injuries in a motorcycle accident in a Cleveland suburb mall parking lot. He was unable to play in the 2005 season, because of the injuries.

Winslow played three more seasons for the Browns before being traded in the 2009 offseason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In exchange for a second and fifth round picks, the Bucs acquired Winslow and gave him, at that time, the largest contract for a tight end in NFL history with $36 million over six seasons.

In his first season in Tampa Bay he set the Bucs single season tight end receiving record with 77 catches and 884 yards. He led the team in receptions again in 2010, as the Bucs finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. In his final Buccaneers season of 2011 Winslow finished with 75 receptions in a dismal 4-12 year.

Winslow was traded in the offseason of 2012 to the Seattle Seahawks, but they released him months later, when he refused to reduce his salary.

He bounced after that to the New England Patriots and the New York Jets with his final season being 2013. With the Jets, he only started three games, and was also suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the League’s substance-abuse policy.

Back to Monday. Judge Blaine Bowman told the jury that there would be closing arguments Tuesday morning, and then they would receive the case, thereafter.

Winslow is facing life in prison on the number of charges against him.

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