Travis Rudolph was a star football payer at Florida State University. He would go on to play in the NFL and is now in the news after he reportedly killed a man in Florida.
The star wide out asked to use the “Stand Your Ground” defense in his trial for first degree murder, the same defense used by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
A judge denied his request.
The 26-year-old was in a West Palm Beach courtroom last week to testify in a hearing. Rudolph faces one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder for the shooting in Lake Park in April 2021.
The crazy thing is Rudolph was at his house. A fight broke out and he claims he used self-defense to protect himself. He opened fire and killed the man on his property.
According to reports, it was all over an ex-girlfriend. Rudolph reportedly cheated on his ex-girlfriend Dominique Jones and got into a fight with him. A man and three others went to Rudolph’s home where he was confronted.
After physically fighting for several minutes, Rudolph allegedly went inside his home and grabbed a firearm, and began firing it.
One person at the scene was injured and later hospitalized. A passenger in the car was shot and killed while both the driver and another passenger were uninjured, according to NBC Miami.
If Rudolph is charged with first-degree murder, he could face life in prison. This does not sound like premediated murder to me. He did not go looking to kill the person. The men attacked him at his house, and he returned fire. He could have feared for his life. There were four men there. I think the court made a mistake.