Jury to be selected in trial of Molly and Thomas Martens
The painstaking jury selection process will begin today for the murder trial of a former American nanny and her father, who are charged with the killing of an Irish father of two.
The murder trial of Molly Martens (35) and her father, retired FBI agent Thomas (67), is set to transfix both the United States and Ireland.
The father and daughter are charged with the second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter of Limerick man Jason Corbett (39) two years ago.
Mr Corbett was found lying in a pool of blood with fatal head injuries in the Davidson County home in North Carolina, where he relocated with his children to build a new life with his second wife, Molly.
Efforts by the Martens family to have the trial moved out of Davidson County for legal reasons failed and the trial will begin today in Lexington before Judge David Lee.
The Irish Independent has learned that an exceptionally large jury panel has been called amid expectations of challenges to any who may have known the parties involved or the witnesses set to be called by the prosecution.
The prosecution is represented by three lawyers, Greg Brown, Alan Martin and Ina Stanton, while both Mr Marten and his daughter have two lawyers each.
Jury selection is set to take up to two days, with the likelihood the prosecution opening statement may not happen until Wednesday.
The trial could last more than three weeks.