A former minor baseball player who used a bat to kill his father, uncle and a spectator inside a Corona home should spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, a jury recommended on Thursday 19 November.
Brandon Willie Martin, 27, was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder earlier this month in the death of his father, 64-year-old Michael Martin, along with his uncle, 51-year-old Ricky Lee Andersen from Corona, and 62-year-old Barry Swanson from Riverside on the evening of September. 17. 2015.
Lawyer Thomas Van Dorn, 68, from Moreno Valley, said that from the beginning of the deliberation he strongly believed that life without parole was appropriate. He said some jurors were originally “on the fence.”
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The Riverside jury that convicted Martin of the homicides also found a special circumstance alleging that he had taken several lives in the same crime, and further convicted him of a number each for automatic theft, evading arrest, obstructing a peace officer and injuring a police dog.
Martin graduated from Santiago High School in 2011 and was selected in the first round of this year’s Major League Baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, the 38th overall selection. He played three seasons for the Rays’ farm team and was released on March 26, 2015.
His verdict is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2021.
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