Saturday 24 March 2018

Accused in Irish man's death return to court

Molly Martens Corbett at Davidson County courthouse for pre-trial motions. Photo: Mark Condren
Molly Martens Corbett at Davidson County courthouse for pre-trial motions. Photo: Mark Condren
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The American wife and the father-in-law of Limerick man Jason Corbett have appeared in court in North Carolina again where pre-trial motions are being heard ahead of their murder trials next month.

Molly Martens Corbett (35) and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Michael Martens (67), are both accused of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter at the Corbett home in Meadowlands, Davidson County, on August 2, 2015.

Thomas Martens has admitted to killing Jason Corbett by striking him with a baseball bat, but he claims it was in defence of his daughter and himself, alleging that Jason was choking Molly during a loud argument that he went to investigate when he heard noises upstairs.

The pre-trial motions hearing sets out the framework for what evidence will be admissible when the case comes to trial next month.

At yesterday's hearing Jason's sister Tracey Lynch, who along with her husband David has since won custody of her brother's two children, gave evidence in relation to interviews carried out with the children by US authorities following the killing of their father.

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Issues have arisen between both sides about the relevance of the material gained in the interviews, and Ms Lynch explained that after arriving in Ireland with his sister Sarah, Jack had told her that some of the information he had told in interviews in the US was untrue.

The relevance of the material from those interviews now has to be decided by Judge David Lee, who is also considering submissions by the Martens' legal team arguing that they cannot get a fair trial in Davidson County.

Irish Independent

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