Kellen Winslow II found guilty of rape, lewd conduct, indecent exposure

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Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II has been found guilty of raping a homeless woman past year, as well as misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and committing a lewd act related to other victims, a jury revealed Monday. In addition to being found guilty of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last year and two misdemeanors (indecent exposure and lewd conduct), Winslow was also found not guilty of a lewd act in public charge.

The jury deliberating the case against ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II announced Monday verdicts on four of 12 counts against him, but they remained deadlocked on 8 charges.

All five women testified during the nine-day trial.

The incident involving the fifth woman happened in February while Winslow was free on a $2 million bond and awaiting trial, authorities say.

Defense attorney Marc Carlos questioned the credibility of the women's claims of sexual assault and argued the sex was consensual. He was the sixth overall draft pick in 2004 (by the Browns) and is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow.

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.

The 58-year-old homeless woman in Encinitas testified that he befriended her and attacked her next to his vehicle after inviting her for a coffee in May last year.

The two other counts of rape involve a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teenage girl in 2003.

A 57-year-old woman said he exposed himself to her while she tended to her garden in May of 2018. Following his highly publicized arrest, Jane Doe 4 subsequently came forward to allege that he raped her in 2003 at a home in Scripps Ranch, when she was 17 and he was 19.

In opening statements on May 20, Winslow's attorneys said their married client had engaged in extramarital sex, including with the hitchhiker, who had Winslow's DNA in her trousers.

Noting the number of accusers, the prosecutor said: "Lightning certainly doesn't strike twice - let alone five times". "Additionally, how we should follow the law and not what we think the law means".

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