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Trial Begins for Former NFL Star Accused of Being Serial Rapist

Kellen Winslow Jr. faces life in prison if convicted
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2019 11:35 AM CDT
Former NFL football player Kellen Winslow Jr., right, looks on during his rape trial on Monday in Vista, Calif.   (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool)

(Newser) – From 2004 to 2013, Kellen Winslow Jr. was an NFL star, raking in $40 million over the course of his career—during which, at one point, he was the highest-paid tight end in the league. Now, the 35-year-old is on trial, accused of being a serial rapist. His father, San Diego Chargers Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, was in the California courtroom as the trial on charges including rape, forced oral copulation and sodomy, kidnapping, and indecent exposure began Monday, the Washington Post reports. The trial is expected to last until June 21, USA Today reports; Winslow has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison if convicted. More below:

  • The crimes: Winslow is accused of picking up a 54-year-old female hitchhiker in March 2018 and raping her, raping a 59-year-old homeless woman on the side of the road after offering to take her for a cup of coffee two months after that, and raping an unconscious 17-year-old in 2003 while he was a University of Miami football player. He's also accused of exposing himself to a 57-year-old woman as she gardened and a 77-year-old woman in a fitness club hot tub. All five of those women are expected to testify, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Winslow was initially arrested on charges of breaking in to the homes of two women, ages 71 and 86, in 2018, per the Los Angeles Times.

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