Sunday 25 February 2018

Judge set to decide if Martens breached court order

Jason Corbett and Molly Martens. Picture: Brendan Gleeson
Jason Corbett and Molly Martens. Picture: Brendan Gleeson

Jordan Howse

A US judge is to decide whether or not Molly Martens Corbett breached a court order preventing her from removing items from the home she shared with her late husband Jason Corbett.

Ms Martens (32), who along with her father Thomas Martens (65) is charged with the murder of her Limerick-born husband, appeared in a North Carolina court yesterday.

Mr Corbett (39) was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat in his home on August 2 last.

Since his death, Ms Martens fought and lost a custody battle for his two children who are now living with their guardians, Mr Corbett's sister Treacy Lynch and her husband David.

In the latest twist in the on-going legal battle between the two families, an attorney representing David Lynch brought the court item by item through an inventory of personal belongings removed from the Corbett home at the request of Ms Martens.

In a consent order by Davison County Clerk of Court Brian Shipwash from September 2015, Ms Martens said she would not remove items belonging to Mr Corbett from the home at 160 Panther Creek Court in Winston-Salem.

The court heard that the three-page list includes furniture items, clothing and decor that Ms Martens said was purchased with her credit card.

The credit card, she said, was paid out of the joint account she had with Mr Corbett.

The joint account, with Bank of America, was mostly contributed to by Mr Corbett, she said.

She estimated that she had contributed less than $5,000 to the account.

Ms Martens also claimed that several items not on the inventory were removed by the Lynches, including photos of Mr Corbett's two children.

Ms Martens said several people had been to the home on her behalf.

She told the court these included lawyers, friends and family, including her father and her aunt and uncle, Mona and Mike Earnest.

The Clerk of the Court Brian Shipwash did not make a decision yesterday on whether the order had been violated.

He said he would review the testimony and determine the matter at a later date.

Ms Martens and her father, a former FBI agent, have been charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Mr Corbett moved to the US following the death of his first wife, Mags, who tragically died from an asthma attack when the couple's children were both infants.

Irish Independent

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