Ex-MLB prospect Brandon Martin has been convicted of killing three men — including his disabled father — with a baseball bat back in 2015 … and could now face the death penalty.
27-year-old Martin was a promising young shortstop in the sport … and was a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011.
Martin killed his 64-year-old dad, 58-year-old uncle and a 62-year-old alarm installation worker at their family home in Corona, CA in September 2015.
The details are gruesome … Martin beat the men with a black bat inscribed with his name before stealing the alarm installer’s truck and fleeing the scene.
The following day, law enforcement spotted the pickup truck … and Martin tried to escape before ultimately ditching the vehicle, breaking into a house and jumping from a 2nd-story window in an attempt to get away.
Martin was charged with 3 counts of first-degree murder … as well as a number of other charges stemming from the incident. He pled not guilty and the case went to trial.
A jury started deliberating earlier this week … and after 4 hours, Martin was found guilty on all 7 counts, including all 3 first-degree murder charges.
The conviction makes Martin eligible for the death penalty … which is being sought by the District Attorney.
The penalty phase of the trial starts Monday … when Martin’s fate will be determined.