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Three accusers can't identify Winslow Jr. at pretrial hearing

Three women who accused former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. of rape last month failed to identify him in court during a pretrial hearing.


Reuters 12 Jul 2018, 05:53 PM United States

Three women who accused former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. of rape last month failed to identify him in court during a pretrial hearing Wednesday.

One of the women, a 54-year-old, pointed out Winslow's attorney, Brian Watkins, when asked by a prosecutor to identify the man who attacked her. Winslow, who turns 35 next week, and Watkins, 49, are both African-American.

"Well, she did not describe our defense and our client and didn't ID him in court," Watkins told USA Today Sports outside a San Diego County courtroom. "She ID'd me. I didn't have anything to do with this. You better not write that I did."

Watkins categorized the misidentification as "very significant."

Winslow is accused of two kidnappings and rapes of women in their 50s, and two burglaries with intent to rape elderly women, among five separate offenses since March, according to a criminal complaint obtained last month by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Winslow pleaded not guilty in Vista, Calif., to eight felony charges and one misdemeanor.

Winslow was arrested on June 14 and charged with two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape, two counts of forcible rape, one count of forcible sodomy, one count of forcible oral copulation, two counts of residential burglary and one count of indecent exposure.

Winslow faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.

In addition to the 54-year-old woman, two others who testified Wednesday could not identify Winslow. A 71-year-old woman said a strange man whom she believed to be Winslow after seeing on the news that he had been arrested earlier in the month had entered her mobile home. But she couldn't identify him, nor could a third woman who testified that a man named "David" exposed himself to her while she was gardening.

The hearing continues Thursday, with two more witnesses expected to testify.

Winslow last played in the NFL in 2013 for the New York Jets, missing four games that season after being suspended under the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. He was arrested later that year for possession of synthetic marijuana.

--Field Level Media

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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