Sunday 23 July 2017

Martens' father: 'He's in bad shape. I may have killed him'

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
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The father of Molly Martens Corbett told a police dispatcher he believed he may have killed Jason Corbett.

In the 911 call made by Thomas Martens (65) on the night Mr Corbett (39) was killed last August, he is heard saying: "He's in bad shape. I may have killed him."

The account given in the call, which a court agreed could be released yesterday, 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 Mr Corbett.

He said he was visiting the Corbett family with his wife Sharon when his daughter got into a fight with her husband and he intervened.

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

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

Irish Independent

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