Kellen Winslow headed to second rape trial in September, will remain in jail


USA TODAY Sports’ Brent Schrotenboer discusses the rape charges against former NFL star Kellen Winslow Jr.

VISTA, Calif. — Former NFL star Kellen Winslow II is headed to a second rape trial here this fall after his first trial ended in a mistrial this week on eight of the 12 charges against him.

The jury in the first trial did convict Winslow of three charges, including felony rape of a 58-year-old homeless woman on the side of the road in May 2018. Those convictions still stand and could send him to prison for up to nine years.

But after the jury deadlocked on six felony and two misdemeanor charges, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan faced a choice – either try those eight charges again with a different jury or drop some or all of them. On Friday, her office announced that all eight remaining charges would be pursued in a second trial, including felony charges of kidnapping, two counts of forcible rape, sodomy by use of force, rape of an unconscious person and forcible oral copulation.

Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman on Friday scheduled jury selection for the new trial to begin Sept. 30. Opening statements are scheduled for Oct. 7.

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