Wednesday 21 February 2018

Corbett family says thanks to man who jailed Jason's killers

Molly Martens-Corbett was convicted of second-degree murder
Molly Martens-Corbett was convicted of second-degree murder
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The family of murdered father-of-two Jason Corbett have paid a moving tribute to the US assistant district attorney who successfully prosecuted his killers.

Tracey Lynch, the older sister of Mr Corbett (39), issued a special message of thanks on behalf of the entire Corbett family on the retirement of Greg Brown, the Assistant District Attorney in Davidson County in North Carolina.

Mrs Lynch revealed that Mr Brown was scheduled to retire after 40 years of legal practice in early 2017, but agreed to stay on with the Davidson County district attorney's office as part of the prosecution team for Molly Martens-Corbett (34) and her father Thomas Martens (67).

Mr Martens, a retired FBI agent, and his daughter, Mr Corbett's second wife, were unanimously convicted by a Davidson County Superior Court jury last August of the second-degree murder of the Limerick father-of-two on August 2, 2015.

Mr Corbett was found dead with horrific head injuries in the master bedroom of his luxury home at Panther Creek Court, between Lexington and Winston-Salem.

He had been brutally beaten with a concrete paving brick and a metal baseball bat.

The prosecution revealed that Mr Corbett, after being savagely beaten, was left to die by the father and daughter, who then delayed making a 911 emergency call.

Onlookers credited the meticulous forensic evidence presented by Mr Brown and his prosecution team of Alan Martin and Ina Stanton, together with their powerful closing arguments, for helping deliver the convictions.

Both the father and daughter are now serving minimum 20-year sentences for the murder.

Mrs Lynch said Mr Corbett's family were deeply grateful to Mr Brown for the key role he played in seeing that justice was done for her brother.

"We want to thank Mr Brown for all his commitment and dedication to the prosecution of Jason's killers," she said.

"Mr Brown and the entire Davidson County District Attorney's Office devoted enormous time, energy and skill to the prosecution, and we are truly grateful to them all for helping to ensure that justice was done for Jason.

Gratitude

"We would like to wish him and his wife a long and happy retirement."

The family have personally written to Mr Brown to underline their gratitude.

Mr Brown officially retires at the end of October after a 40-year career in both North Carolina and Ohio.

He became the senior assistant to District Attorney Garry Frank in 1999.

In a retirement interview with 'The Lexington Dispatch', Mr Brown acknowledged that the Jason Corbett case ranked as one of the most high-profile of his career.

This was despite the fact he had also handled a number of capital murder cases.

"This case obviously had a great deal of initial interest," he said. "Probably more in Ireland. We kept track of the news in that area just for our general information."

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