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A former 49ers offensive lineman and Stanford star was ordered to stand trial on three felony counts for a threatening photo he posted last year on Instagram.
The New York Daily News reported that a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that the photo of a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition posted by Jonathan Martin was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
The Feb. 22 photo of the weapon and 19 shells on a motel bed included the social media handles of Martin’s former Miami Dolphins teammate, Ritchie Incognito, and two former classmates at Harvard-Westlake high school, the prep school Martin attended in Los Angeles.
There was also a message on the post: “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.”
When Incognito learned of the Instagram post, he was so alarmed he fled from Scottsdale, Ariz., and drove with family members to a safe house two hours away to meet with an FBI agent, LAPD Detective Peter Doomanis testified at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing.
“He described being in a state of panic. He was in fear,” Doomanis said .
Doomanis told the court that Martin’s web search history showed he had called up a story about Incognito only hours before he ordered the pump-action shotgun from American Gun Works on Feb. 19.
The Instagram post prompted Harvard-Westlake to shut down for one day.
Martin played two seasons with the Miami Dolphins and one with the 49ers. He checked himself into a South Florida hospital in 2013 for emotional distress amid accusations he was harassed by his Dolphins teammates, particularly Incognito.
Citing multiple unnamed sources at the time, ESPN confirmed that Incognito used racial epithets and profane language toward Martin on multiple occasions.
Martin was charged last March with four counts of making criminal threats and one count of possessing a loaded firearm. He was booked into jail before being released on bail.
His lawyer maintains that his client never intended to harm anyone and that he has received treatment for depression.
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