Wednesday 25 April 2018

Lawyers insisted Molly had nothing to gain

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Lawyers for Molly Martens-Corbett (33) insisted she had nothing to gain from Jason Corbett's death.

Defence lawyer Walter Holton stressed that, in fact, the young Tennessee woman had lost everything as a consequence of the death of her Irish husband two years ago.

"She was not in the (2007) will. It was not about the children," he said. "They are gone home - they are in Ireland. She now lives with her parents. She has no assets."

The trial heard that the young woman, after attending a prestigious university, briefly worked in a restaurant before deciding to work as a nanny in Ireland.

However, Ms Martens-Corbett did stand to gain a $600,000 (€510,000) payout as the main beneficiary from a life insurance policy on her husband. The policy was put in place by his employers.

The money was held in a US trust fund pending the outcome of the North Carolina criminal trial. Now there is a conviction, it is likely Ms Martens-Corbett will forfeit the entire amount.

Furthermore, the beneficiary of the $390,000 (€331,700) luxury Panther Creek home bought for cash by her husband is still unresolved.

The property is currently being administered under the guardianship structure set up to look after the interests of Mr Corbett's two children, Jack and Sarah.

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As well as that property, the $80,000-plus in furnishings for the house have still to be resolved in terms of who either gets them or benefits from their disposal.

The trial heard that Mr Corbett, for his marriage to Ms Martens-Corbett, paid her father $49,000 towards the costs of the Tennessee wedding ceremony. Thomas Martens confirmed he received the sum involved.

Ms Martens-Corbett was not currently working and was dependent on her parents who are based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

She, her father, and her mother Sharon Martens, are now the focus of a wrongful death civil suit brought by Mr Corbett's family.

The case is likely to be heard in 2018 in Davidson County.

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