Brandon Martin, who is a former Tampa Bay Rays draft pick, has been convicted of murdering his disabled father, uncle and an ADT security worker and is currently awaiting penalty for his offences.
Brandon Martin, 2011 draft pick of Tampa Bay Rays convicted with three 1st degree murders
In 2015, Brandon Martin was diagnosed with unspecified psychiatric issues and was also admitted to the county Department of Mental Health’s emergency treatment facility on County Farm Road after accusations of threatening his old man.
On 17th September 2015, two days after he was discharged from the treatment facility, Martin went back to his father’s house in the 1000 block of Winthrop Drive after 6 pm and killed the 64-year-old Michael Martin with a baseball bat.
In the same manner, Martin also killed his father’s brother-in-law, 51-year-old Ricky Lee Anderson and 62-year-old ADT alarm company technician Barry Swanson, who were present in the house as well for an installation consultation for the father who was fearing an assault from his son.
While both Michael and Ricky died on the spot, Barry went into a coma and passed away in a couple of days. The next day after the attack, Martin was apprehended near Foothill Elementary School.
A Riverside jury convicted Martin of three 1st degree murders. It was further developed that after the killings, escaped with Swanson’s truck, resisted arrest and had injured a police officer and also harmed his dog.
Martin is currently held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside. The District Attorney’s Office seeks capital punishment for the killer. The penalty phase of the trial is scheduled on Monday morning at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Brandon Martin was picked by Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 MLB draft as a prospect from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif and received an $860,000 joining bonus. Hailed as a prospect in his early days, Martin played three pro-ball seasons with Rays’ minor league team. The shortstop never made his MLB debut and was released by Rays in 2015.