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COURT UPDATES: Closing arguments begin Tuesday in ex-NFL player murder trial


Stay updated on the murder trial involving former NFL player Travis Rudolph by following the Law&Crime live blog and watching on our YouTube channel. Monday morning, the defense called Rudolph’s mother to the stand. Later, Rudolph himself took the stand in his own defense. The defense rested just after 4 p.m. and closing arguments will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Case:

Travis Rudolph

Ex-NFL player Travis Rudolph is accused of killing a man in Lake Park, Florida in April 2021. The former Florida State University and New York Giants wide receiver tried to claim a “stand your ground” defense in the first-degree murder trial.

On the night of the crime, Rudolph had just gotten into a fight with his girlfriend at his home in West Palm Beach. According to a probable cause affidavit, the fight escalated when four men confronted Rudolph at his home — Rudolph, not happy with the confrontation, allegedly grabbed a gun and shot at the group as they ran off.

Sebastien Jean-Jacques

Two men were shot: Sebastien Jean-Jacques died and Tyler Robinson was hospitalized but recovered.

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