The jury in the Kellen Winslow II sexual assault trial in San Diego, California, has returned four guilty verdicts, including one of felony rape, while remaining deadlocked on the other eight charges against the former Hurricanes and Buccaneers star Monday afternoon.
Yahoo sports senior writer and columnist Dan Wetzel has been covering the trial throughout the last three weeks and had the latest:
Kellen Winslow II jury says it is deadlocked on all remaining charges. That would mean Winslow found guilty of one felony rape and two misdemeanors, could serve as little as eight years in prison. Would be a victory for him. Was facing life. pic.twitter.com/5LmCl1PZlQ
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) June 10, 2019
The jury agreed that son of the former Hall of Famer with the same name raped a 58 year old homeless woman known as “Jane Doe #2.” They also have convicted Winslow of three other counts of lewd conduct, involving two other “Jane Does,” which are misdemeanors.
The jury remains deadlocked on the other two most serious allegations of felony rape by another homeless woman in her 50s and a now 33 year old woman, who says that she was seventeen at the time that Winslow raped her in 2003. The jury had been deliberating, since last Tuesday.
Winslow is currently facing up to 15 years in prison on the single felony rape conviction. If the jury is hopelessly deadlocked on the other charges, then a mistrial will be declared on those. That means San Diego County Prosecutors will still have the option to re-file and try again, with another jury to get convictions on most, or all, of the remaining charges.
As this Court TV video showed earlier Monday, Winslow looked stunned at the jury as the rape conviction was read:
BREAKING NEWS: Kellen Winslow II found GUILTY of rape of Jane Doe #2.
Tune in NOW for continued LIVE coverage of CA v. Winslow II. pic.twitter.com/fhtAGQ9teU
— Court TV (@CourtTV) June 10, 2019
Late Monday afternoon Pacific time, the judge ordered the jury to resume their deliberations Tuesday morning on the remaining eight charges.
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 during 2012 and the New York Jets with his final season being 2013. With the Jets, he only started three games, and was also suspended that year for four games by the NFL for violating the League’s substance-abuse policy.
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