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Former FSU Football Player Travis Rudolph Acquitted in Murder Trial

June 8, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Former Florida State football player, Travis Rudolph, was acquitted by a South Florida jury on Wednesday, reports NBC News. The jury concluded that Rudolph acted in self-defense when he fatally shot one man and injured another, following a confrontation with his girlfriend.

Rudolph, 27, was found not guilty on charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter.

The incident occurred in April 2021 when four men arrived at Rudolph’s home after the altercation with his girlfriend. Rudolph, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, fired at them as they drove away, resulting in the death of Sebastien Jean-Jacques and the injury of Tyler Robinson.

Rudolph maintained that the men were armed and had fired at him, although investigators found no evidence of the fleeing men returning fire.

Florida State’s top receiver in 2015 and 2016, Rudolph, departed early to pursue the NFL draft in 2017. He later joined the New York Giants and then the Miami Dolphins. He also had a stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.

He was released from the team following his arrest.

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