Kellen Winslow II faces multiple rape, kidnapping charges, bail set at $2 million

Kellen Winslow II faces multiple rape, kidnapping charges, bail set at $2 million

Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of this story stated the two criminal counts of attempted burglary were thrown out. They were reduced to misdemeanors.

VISTA, Calif. — Kellen Winslow II, the retired NFL tight end, will face multiple counts of kidnapping and rape charges. Bail was set at $2 million Thursday at a preliminary hearing in San Diego County Courthouse.

The felony counts include two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit rape and one count of forcible sodomy.

The two victims of alleged rape are 58 and 54, and one said she was homeless at the time. USA TODAY does not release the identities of alleged victims. 

Superior Court Judge Harry M. Elias  reduced two criminal counts of attempted burglary to misdemeanors, but the remaining seven counts would carry life sentences if Winslow is convicted. Elias found enough evidence to move forward on those counts.

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Winslow’s mother, Katrina Ramsey, wept outside the courtroom and his father, Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr., looked upbeat as he spoke to friends and family members.

Winslow II, 34, remained impassive during the court proceeding and has been held in custody since his June 14 arrest.

During final deliberations, Winslow II’s lead attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said he expected the case to go to trial and “this is going to be hotly contested.”

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