Former minor leaguer Brandon Martin is headed to prison after a California jury convicted him of beating his father and two other men to death with a baseball bat in September 2015.
Martin’s bat was engraved with his own name — and the jury found it was the weapon used to murder his 64-year old disabled father and his father’s 51-year old brother-in-law on his father’s property in Corona, Calif.
A third man, aged 52, was an ADT technician who just happened to be on the property at the time of the incident. The technician was there to install a security system because, per the local district attorney, “the family feared Martin.”
Martin’s father and his brother-in-law were killed at the scene. The technician went into a coma for two days before he, too, passed away.
Martin, 27, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 38th overall pick in the 2011 draft. He spent several years in the organization’s farm system before being released in 2015.