Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II has a good shot at getting his rape case thrown out, after three of his five alleged victims failed to identify him in court on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old was arrested in June and accused of raping two women, exposing himself to a third and entering the homes of two more.
He is currently in the preliminary hearing phase of his case, during which a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to take the case to trial.
Three of the five alleged victims in Kellen Winslow II’s rape case failed to identify him in court on Wednesday. Winslow pictured above on Wednesday
One of the victims pointed to Winslow’s attorney Brian Watkins, left, when asked to identify the man who kidnapped and raped her
On Wednesday, three of Winslow’s alleged victims couldn’t identify him.
One woman, a 54-year-old hitchhiker who says she was kidnapped and raped in March, pointed to Winslow’s attorney, Brian Watkins, when asked to identify her attacker.
Another woman, who was gardening when a man exposed himself to her, said she didn’t get a good enough look at the assailant.
Winslow is pictured above playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in November 2009
And the third, who witnessed a man barging into her mobile home in June, said she didn’t see the man who broke into her home in the courtroom.
Watkins told USA Today outside of court on Wednesday that it was ‘very significant’ that three of the women could not identify his client.
Winslow Jr. pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges on Friday, related to alleged assaults against at least five women, spanning in age from 54 to 86 years old and taking place between March and June.
No bail has been set for the former NFL athlete, who remains in jail.
Winslow is the son of Kellen Winslow, left, another former NFL player. His wife Janelle, pictured together on the right, is sticking by his side through the ordeal
If convicted of all the charges, the former Pro Bowler could face life imprisonment.
Winslow Jr. grew up in San Diego before attending the University of Miami and getting drafted sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2004 NFL Draft.
He played 10 seasons for five teams, and had his best year in 2007 when he finished with 1,106 receiving yards and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team.
Winslow Jr. was also charged with drug possession in January 2014 but received a conditional discharge after being accused of having synthetic marijuana.
His father, Winslow Sr. famously played under coach Don Coryell and with quarterback Dan Fouts for the San Diego Chargers.