The latest development in the saga of former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin and internet threats he made towards individuals and his former Los Angeles high school last month have resulted in criminal charges.
And on Tuesday afternoon, Martin was in a Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded not guilty to four felony and one misdemeanor counts involving his Instagram post/threats in February.
A.J. Perez of USA Today had the details:
Jonathan Martin pleads not guilty to five charges stemming from Instagram post, released on $210k bail. https://t.co/JijcdH9pLi
— A.J. Perez (@byajperez) March 20, 2018
As Perez wrote, under California law, the four counts of “making criminal threats” carry a possible six year prison term. Martin posted $210,000 bond and was released.
He specifically mentioned two former high school classmates, as well as his former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey in the threats, and also put the “hashtag” #HarvardWestlake on the post. That’s Martin’s L.A. area private high school, which out of precaution sent everyone home the day of the Instagram post.
Martin was found later that day at a hospital in Glendale, California, after someone called them about a “suicidal male” there and once they searched his vehicle, it got scarier. Martin had a loaded shotgun, as well as a large knife and an ax in his vehicle.
The L.A.P.D. also located his former classmates at Harvard Westlake School and questioned them about Facebook threats Martin had previously made towards them. Their report also details questioning Martin’s girlfriend, who described him as making suicidal statements over the weeks before he was taken into custody for questioning.
Martin was released by the authorities without being arrested and has apparently been in a psychiatric facility for some time since.
Now, the charges filed have made things much more serious for all involved.
It’s also interesting and coincidental that Mike Pouncey was released by Dolphins late last week in the free agency mayhem and has been signed by the L.A. Chargers to play this season.
This obviously means that he, along with the L.A. high school classmates are going to be more accessible for the prosecution of Martin in this case.
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