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August 25, 2019

Mistrial declared on remaining charges against ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. after he is convicted for rape

June 12, 2019
Kellen Winslow Jr. appears in court earlier this year. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

A mistrial was declared Tuesday in connection with the remaining charges against former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr., already convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman.

Prosecutors in California did not immediately say whether they would retry the eight counts but agreed to return to court Friday.


The jury on Monday found Winslow guilty of raping the homeless woman in Encinitas. He was also convicted of two misdemeanors involving two other women.

However, the panelists could not reach a unanimous decision on whether Winslow raped a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen.

“Ten jurors did feel very strongly that he had committed forcible sexual offenses against more than one victim,” prosecutor Dan Owens told reporters. “That would lead to a lifetime prison term and that would be another factor that we would consider very strongly in determining how to proceed with the case.”

Winslow’s father, NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, sat behind his son every day in San Diego County Superior Court. Defense lawyer Emily Bahr said said the entire family was “shocked” by Monday’s guilty verdict.

“They’re upset of course, disappointed by that outcome but they know that the team is going to move forward and continue to fight the case,” she said.

Winslow was also found not guilty of one count of a lewd act.

At one point the highest-paid tight end in the NFL, Winslow played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets. He faces up to nine years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender.

With News Wire Services


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