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Jury in Kellen Winslow sexual assault trial still has no verdicts

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The jury in the sexual assault trial of former NFL star tight end Kellen Winslow II still has not reached a verdict, as week 3 of the trial concluded Friday afternoon in San Diego, California.

Jurors were sent home just after 4 p.m. Pacific time on Friday afternoon, as they continue to deliberate the fate of the former Miami Hurricane All-American who was drafted #6 overall by the Cleveland Browns back in 2004:

Jurors heard testimony for over 2 weeks, including accusations from five different accusers, three of whom say that Winslow forcibly raped them. Winslow did not take the stand to rebutt any of the allegations. He is facing 12 counts of felonies and misdemeanors, as San Diego County prosecutors consolidated all of the charges and accusers into one trial.

The jury has on several occasions given brief insight into their discussions this week by asking the judge questions or for evidence, through notes during their deliberation. Earlier in the week, they asked for testimony from one of the accusers to be read back to them, as obviously some or all of them are having trouble and debating exactly what the testimony said.

The jury also asked for GPS technology to verify part of the testimony of one of the witnesses, however, the judge denied that saying that what they were asking for had not been admitted into evidence and could not be considered by them.

Then, on Friday one of the jurors seemed to either indicate that there are real divided problems in the room, or was perhaps being frustrated/sarcastic when the juror sent this note to the judge:

We had F.F.I., would tend to believe that it’s the latter and that the juror is almost making a plea to the judge to help make it clear to at least a couple of jurors, and maybe more, about the type of testimony that should be considered or dismissed. And, that there are apparently at least a few jurors that aren’t willing to follow the law on what they want to convict Winslow of.

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.

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.

The jurors have deliberated now for three and a half days and will resume on Monday morning with Winslow facing up to life in prison if convicted on all the charges.

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