The former Florida State University football player goes on Instagram Live after jurors found him not guilty on all counts in a murder case stemming from a 2021 shooting death at his Florida home.
AceShowbiz -Former Florida State University football player Travis Rudolph is in a celebratory mood. He went on Instagram Live after jurors found him not guilty of murder on Wednesday, June 7, concluding a two-week trial.
Travis, who played briefly in the NFL, took to his social media account to celebrate the verdict with some of his pals. He could be seen rapping along to Lil Durk‘s “No Auto Durk”, “He’d still be alive right now, if you n***as ain’t gas him up.”
At one point, he panned the camera to his ankle, showing off that he no longer has ankle monitors on him. “New ankle who this? New ankle who this?” he bragged.
Fans showed support and love for Travis following his win. “Love this for him!!! Turn TF UP,” one fan wrote in an Instagram comment. “Congratulations i watched from start to finish. Happy your a free man!!” another fan added.
However, some people thought that Travis shouldn’t have bragged too much as it could put him in danger. “I understand he happy but I remember that one rapper unlived the people who broke in his house, everything was cool until he bragged about it, they spent on him right after…,” someone noted. Another user echoed the sentiment, saying, “See now I’m rooting for him but I dont want him to start trolling these people. Take yo win and just gone on now.”
Noticing the critics, some other fans defended Travis. “And I don’t won’t to hear a word on how he is choosing to celebrate his freedom. The prosecution should’ve focused on going after the true culprits Dominique and her brother,” a user opined. Another comment read, “I know some people feel like he doing too much, but that freedom hit different when your line was on the line.”
On Wednesday, Travis was found not guilty on all counts in a murder case stemming from a 2021 fatal shooting incident at his Lake Park, Florida, home. The 12-person jury issued the not guilty verdicts one first-degree murder charge and three counts of attempted first-degree murder following four hours of deliberation at the conclusion of a two-week trial. According to Palm Beach Post, the jury had the option of convicting him of lesser charges, including second-degree murder and manslaughter, but rejected them.
Travis was previously under house arrest since Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen rejected a “stand your ground” defense in March of 2022. Following the jury’s verdict, the court ordered his house arrest monitoring device to be removed.
In the shooting incident, Sebastien Jean-Jacques was found dead in the passenger seat of a car after fleeing the scene, while Tyler Robinson was found alive in the back seat with a gunshot wound. Two other men were uninjured.
Travis testified that the four men showed up at his doorstep after midnight to confront him about a dispute that he had with a woman named Dominique Jones. He told the court that Dominique hit him numerous times during the confrontation and denied accusations that he had hit her. He said that Dominique told him after the confrontation, “I’m gonna have my brother and them come over there and f**k you up and kill you; that was the gist of what she was saying.”
When the four men showed up, Travis claimed he approached them in his driveway. At one point, Tyler pulled a firearm out of this pocket with one of the men saying, “Y’all gonna die today.” Travis then fired shots after one of the men pointed a gun at him. Travis and his defense team argued that he acted in self-defense as the men threatened and attacked him and his brother.
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