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Molly Martens 'will plead not guilty to any murder charges'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 24/08/2015 | 08:28

Left: Jason Corbett with his children Jack and Sarah. Main: Mr Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children.
Left: Jason Corbett with his children Jack and Sarah. Main: Mr Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children.
Jason Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children
Molly Martens with her father Thomas Martens
Undated photograph of Sarah (8) and Jack (7), children of the late Jason Corbett, with their grandmother. Pic supplied by the Corbett family.

The US lawyer representing Jason Corbett's wife, Molly Martens Corbett, has said that if charges of murder or manslaughter are brought against his client she will plead not guilty.

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North Carolina police have confirmed that Ms Martens, together with her father, Thomas Martens, are 'persons of interest' in the investigation into Mr Corbett's murder.

David Freeman, attorney for Ms Martens, confirmed that pleading 'not guilty' seemed the only logical course of action for his client.

"If those charges were brought I would be hard pressed to see why she would do anything else," he told RTE's This Week programme yesterday.

Mr Freeman said that there is 'a lot of good law on our side to show that Molly should be the children's guardian.'

"Molly has been their Mom for eight years and to take them away during the night is callous," he said.

Jason Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children
Jason Corbett with Molly Martens Corbett, and David and Tracey Lynch, who now have custody of the children
The late Jason Corbett
The late Jason Corbett

He said that the return of the children to Ireland was 'the coldest thing I've experienced in the 33 years that I've been practicing law.'

Meanwhile, the two children of Jason Corbett spent their first day back in on home ground yesterday, recovering from a gruelling 39-hour journey home from the US.

Undated photograph of Sarah (8) and Jack (7), children of the late Jason Corbett, with their grandmother. Pic supplied by the Corbett family.
Undated photograph of Sarah (8) and Jack (7), children of the late Jason Corbett, with their grandmother. Pic supplied by the Corbett family.

Jack (10) and Sarah (8), who lost their mother in 2006, were orphaned on August 2 when their father, Jason, died of head injuries at the family home in North Carolina.

Read More: US judge on Corbett custody children: Jack and Sarah are citizens of Ireland

Police have named his second wife, Molly Martens, and her father, Thomas, a former FBI agent, who were in the house when he died, as "persons of interest".

Jack and Sarah remained in the US at the centre of a custody battle between Tracey and David Lynch, whom Jason appointed as guardians, and their American stepmother, whom he refused to allow adopt the children.

Although the children are now in Ireland, the custody battle continues.

Read more: A troubled marriage and the trip back home to Ireland that never took place

Molly Martens Corbett is appealing the judge's decision to dismiss her custody bid.

She shared a picture of the two children on her Facebook page yesterday together with the caption 'Wherever you are my love will find you.'

However, the case took another unpleasant turn with the Corbett family forced to deny allegations of alleged domestic abuse posted on Facebook by a cousin of Molly Martens.

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