Former NFL player Travis Rudolph has been acquitted of first-degree murder and attempted murder charges in a shooting incident that occurred in 2021 outside his Florida home. Rudolph, a former Florida State wide receiver, was found not guilty on all counts by a jury of 12 people after less than four hours of deliberation.
The incident occurred in April 2021 when four men arrived at Rudolph's doorstep to confront him about a dispute he had with his girlfriend earlier that day. According to Rudolph's defense team, the men attacked him, and he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors argued that Rudolph was the aggressor. The defense had sought to have the case dismissed on the basis of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, but the judge denied their request, leading to the trial.
Rudolph was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was later released on a $160,000 cash bond, requiring him to remain on house arrest.
Rudolph played for Florida State from 2014 to 2016, leading the team in receptions, yards, and touchdowns during his junior season. He entered the 2017 NFL Draft but went undrafted and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. He caught eight passes for 101 yards in his rookie season but was waived the following year. He signed with the Miami Dolphins but suffered a knee injury, ending his NFL career. Rudolph signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League but was released after his arrest.
Rudolph's agent has said that his client is excited to get back to football after the verdict.