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Listen: Molly Martens dad's chilling 911 call: 'He's bleeding all over. I may have killed him'

Thomas Martens: "[Jason Corbett] was choking my daughter. He said: 'I'm going to kill her'."

Shane Phelan Public Affairs Editor

Published 08/01/2016 | 07:54

THE father of Molly Martens Corbett told a US police dispatcher he believed he may have killed Irish man Jason Corbett.

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In a chilling 911 call made by Thomas Martens (65) on the night Mr Corbett (39) was killed, he is heard saying: "My daughter's husband, my son-in-law, got in a fight with my daughter.

Wearing shackles and handcuffs, Thomas Martens is escorted from the county jail back to the Davidson County Courthouse on Tuesday. Photo: Winston-Salem Journal
Wearing shackles and handcuffs, Thomas Martens is escorted from the county jail back to the Davidson County Courthouse on Tuesday. Photo: Winston-Salem Journal
Mugshots of Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas

"I intervened and I think he's in bad shape. We need help. He's bleeding all over. I may have killed him."

The account given in the call, which a court agreed could be released last night, is at odds with alleged confession Ms Martens is said to have made to Mr Corbett's sister.

The sister, Tracey Lynch, has claimed under oath that Ms Martens (32) indicated she killed her husband.

However, in the 911 call, Mr Martens took responsibility for the head injuries suffered by Limerick man Corbett.

Molly Martens (left) walks with a member of her legal team as they arrive at the courthouse. Photo: Winston-Salem Journal
Molly Martens (left) walks with a member of her legal team as they arrive at the courthouse. Photo: Winston-Salem Journal

The call was released just days after Ms Martens and her father were both charged with murder and released on bail over the killing, which occurred on August 2 last year.

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He was visiting the Corbett family home in Wallburg, North Carolina with his wife Sharon when his daughter got into a fight with her husband and he intervened, he said.

Mr Martens told the dispatcher that he hit Mr Corbett in the head with a baseball bat. He claimed Mr Corbett was choking his daughter and had threatened: "I'm gonna kill her."

The call lasts 14 minutes and 27 seconds. Over half of it is taken up with the dispatcher instructing Ms Martens and her father on how to administer CPR.

The dispatcher asked if Mr Corbett had been drinking, to which Mr Martens replied: "He had been drinking during the course of the day."

She asked if he was conscious, to which Mr Martens replied: "No."

Then the dispatcher asked if he was breathing. Mr Martens said: "I can't tell."

During the exchanges, Ms Martens can be heard in the background, sobbing in distress.

The dispatcher urged Mr Martens to roll Mr Corbett on to his back.

"He's a big heavy man and I can't do it," Mr Martens replied.

He was asked if anyone could help him.

"My daughter. She's in terrible shape," he responded.

"Someone needs to get him on his back. We need to verify if he's breathing," the dispatcher said.

Eventually Mr Corbett was turned onto his back.

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The dispatcher asked how Mr Corbett sustained his injuries.

Mr Martens said: "I hit him in the head with a baseball bat.

"He was choking my daughter. He said: 'I'm going to kill her'."

The dispatcher asked where the bat was. Mr Martens replied that it was in the bedroom with him.

She urged him not to touch it anymore.

Then she asked Mr Martens to send his daughter out to switch on the porch light and unlock the door as paramedics were on the way.

The dispatcher then started talking Mr Martens and his daughter through administering CPR.

"He's a mess," said Mr Martens.

The dispatcher asked if Mr Corbett's airways were clear.

"As clear as I can get. He's covered in blood," he replied.

The dispatcher said they would have to pump Mr Corbett's chest 600 times.

She set a pace for them, urging them to pump the chest at a faster rate than they were initially doing.

At this point the phone was passed to Ms Martens and she was urged to calm down "so we can help him".

The dispatcher asked her to take over from her father after 200 pumps of the chest.

Ms Martens replied: "I'm certified. I just can't think."

The dispatcher said: "Just stay calm and let your training take over."

Mr Martens came back on the phone and said his daughter was a swim coach and knew CPR.

They kept doing the compressions until the paramedics arrived.

"Take your daughter and back away and let them do their job," the dispatcher said at that point.

"Try and keep her calm. Y'all did a good job."

Mr Martens can be heard saying to his daughter: "Let them do their job."

She can be heard crying in the background.

The dispatcher then asked Mr Martens to take his daughter out of the room.

"As much as possible, are you okay ," the dispatcher asked.

"Yeah, I'm okay," Mr Martens said calmly.

"Law enforcement is on the way. If I can do anything else let me know," the dispatcher said.

The last thing that can be heard is Mr Martens saying: "Molly, Molly come on out of there."

 

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