A South Florida jury agreed Wednesday that Travis Rudolph, a former wide receiver for Florida State University who played in the NFL was found not guilty of murder and other charges and he only acted in self-defense when he fatally shot one man and injured another several hours after he wrestled with his girlfriend.
Travis Rudolph Not Guilty In Murder Charges
Travis Rudolph was facing one count of first-degree premeditated murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with a 2021 shooting,
According to CNN affiliate WPBF, Rudolph argued that his action of shooting a man was in self-defense.
Hence, on Wednesday, according to court records, the Palm Beach County jury found Rudolph not guilty on all counts, and he was released from house arrest.
Rudolph’s attorney Marc Shiner told the jury that his client received a true and just verdict. Travis Rudolph has been falsely accused from day one and the truth came out. Travis is a special human being said to his attorney Shiner.
Marc Freeman, a spokesman for Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, said prosecutors respect the jury’s decision.
Travis Rudolph Was Falsely Accused Of Murder
Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies responded to a double shooting that occurred in Lake Park, Florida, soon after midnight in April 2021, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
A man at the scene was injured and had been brought to a local hospital for medical treatment. Another man was discovered dead not far away in the city of West Palm Beach, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators identified Travis Rudolph as the suspect and he was arrested in the death of Sebastian Jean Jacques, according to WPBF.
Travis Rudolph spent two seasons in the NFL under the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins. In 2017, he played seven games for the Giants, catching eight passes for 101 yards.
Rudolph was highly recruited out of high school and attended Florida State University, where he spent three seasons as a fellow of the Seminoles from 2014 to 2016. He gained All-ACC Second Team honors in his sophomore and junior seasons.
Travis Rudolph also previously went viral and earned praise after a video circulating online while Rudolph was eating lunch with a boy who has autism during a visit to a Tallahassee middle school.