Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II found guilty of rape, 2 other charges

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II emotionless as rape trial begins

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was found guilty of three charges, including rape, Monday in a Southern California court.

The jurors in the case reached a verdict on four of the 12 counts brought against Winslow, who was also found guilty of misdemeanor lewd conduct and misdemeanor indecent exposure, as noted by Yahoo Sports. He was found not guilty of another count of lewd conduct.

The jury will continue to deliberate on the other eight charges. 

Winslow, who opted not to testify in his own defense, frequently sat emotionless in the trial that began May 20 in Vista, California, and went to the jury of eight men and four women Tuesday, on what USA Today described as “perhaps the most important day of the Winslow trial.”

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.

“Lightning doesn’t strike twice, let alone five times,” Owens said during his closing argument to the jury.

Winslow’s defense attorney, Marc Carlos, countered in his closing argument by urging the jurors to consider each alleged victim’s case individually and not collectively under the notion that smoke means fire.

“You hold this man’s life in your hands,” Carlos said before asking the jury to find his client not guilty.

Winslow, 35, was charged with raping a hitchhiker and a homeless woman in Encinitas, California, in 2018 and a 17-year-old female in San Diego County in 2003 when he was in college, as well as exposing himself to a fourth woman and committing a lewd act in front of a fifth.

The incident involving the fifth woman happened in February while Winslow was free on a $2 million bond and awaiting trial, authorities say. He has been held in jail without bond since.

Winslow’s father, Hall of Famer and former San Diego Chargers star Kellen Winslow, sat behind his son in the courtroom throughout the trial.

The jurors considered 12 criminal counts against Winslow: seven felonies and five misdemeanors involving the five women. That left open the likely outcome of convicting him on some charges and not others, according to three criminal defense attorneys, cited by Yahoo Sports, who aren’t directly involved with the Winslow case but have followed it closely.

Taken by the Browns with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Winslow suffered a broken right leg his rookie season then sustained a serious knee injury to the same leg in a motorcycle accident that offseason.

He played for the Browns, Buccaneers, Patriots and Jets in an NFL career that ended when he was suspended in 2013 while with the Jets for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancers.