Thursday 17 August 2017

Decisions on evidence due for trial of wife and father-in-law accused of murdering Irishman Jason Corbett

Molly Martens with her late husband, Jason Corbett.
Molly Martens with her late husband, Jason Corbett.
Jason Corbett
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The framework to decide what evidence can be used in the trial of the wife and father in law of Limerick man Jason Corbett, who found beaten to death in his home in North Carolina two years ago, will be decided in court sittings today and tomorrow.

The 39-year-old businessman was found beaten to death at his home at Meadowlands in Davidson County on August 2, 2015.

His wife Molly Martens Corbett (35), and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Martens (67), are each accused of second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

The killing of Jason Corbett sent shock waves through communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

Thomas Martens
Thomas Martens

Thomas Martens has admitted hitting Jason with a baseball bat at the house but has claimed that the Limerick man was choking Molly Martens at the time during a massive argument.

Jason’s first wife Margaret died during an asthma attack in 2006. The couple had two children together – a boy, Jack, and a girl, Sarah.

Corbett met Martens in 2008 when the American moved to Ireland from Tennessee to work as an au pair for the children.

He and the children later moved to the US and the couple married in 2011, settling down in the exclusive Meadowlands estate on the edge of a scenic golf resort.

Molly Martens Corbett pleaded not guilty to murdering her husband Jason Corbett
Molly Martens Corbett pleaded not guilty to murdering her husband Jason Corbett

After Jason’s killing a protracted custody battle ensued over the two children, with Molly Martens saying she wanted to raise them in the United States, but Jason’s family wanting to bring them back to Ireland.

Jack was ten and Sarah was eight when their father was killed.

Jason Corbett and his first wife Margaret Fitzpatrick Corbett, who died in 2006
Jason Corbett and his first wife Margaret Fitzpatrick Corbett, who died in 2006

In the end Corbett's sister Tracey, and her husband David, were granted custody of the children by a North Carolina court, and they now live in Ireland.

Even after the children were settled in Ireland Molly Martens would post messages and photographs to them on her Facebook page.

Jason Corbett on his wedding day with Molly Martens
Jason Corbett on his wedding day with Molly Martens

Jason’s family have said it was his intention to travel back to Ireland with the children before he was killed, and not to return to the US.

The trial of Molly Martens and her father is due to start next month, but at the Lexington Superior Courthouse today pre-trial motions will Molly Martens has two attorney’s managing her case, and her father has two also. The prosecution side has engaged three attorneys.

While Molly Martens is no longer living in the house on Panther Creek Court where Jason was killed, she and her father are expected to travel from Tennessee to the pre-trial motions hearings.

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