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Former Rays First-Round Pick Has Been Convicted of Murdering Three People With a Baseball Bat

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SJ - November 6, 2020

Former Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brandon Martin was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday.  He was drafted by Tampa Bay in the supplemental first-round of the 2011 MLB draft.

Martin killed his father, uncle and a security alarm installer at his parents' home back in 2015.  He used a baseball bat to beat the three men to death.

From Los Angeles Times:

After four hours of deliberations, a Riverside County Superior Court jury found Martin guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the Sept. 17, 2015, deaths of his father, Michael Martin, uncle Ricky Andersen and alarm installer Barry Swanson.

In addition to three murder counts, the jury convicted Martin of evading arrest, resisting arrest, stealing an auto and injuring a police dog.

The jury is scheduled to start hearing testimony Monday in the sentencing phase. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Holy shit.  The Rays haven't figured out a formula for red flags.  They get a ton of credit for being able to draft talented players and developing players, but when they miss they really miss.



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