Tuesday 15 October 2019

Molly Martens had 'no injuries' after husband Jason Corbett killed and was told to stop rubbing her neck, trial hears

Molly Martens Corbett walks to the Davidson County Courthouse on Thursday morning. [Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch]
Molly Martens Corbett walks to the Davidson County Courthouse on Thursday morning. [Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch]
Molly Martens Corbett [Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch]

Ralph Riegel

A NORTH Carolina crime scene examiner had to repeatedly ask Molly Martens Corbett (33) to stop rubbing and tugging at her neck as she stood outside the home where her husband, Jason Corbett (39), was found with fatal head injuries minutes earlier.

Lieutenant Frank Young of the Davidson County Sheriff's Office said he asked Ms Martens Corbett for permission to photograph her to note any injuries she might have.

When he arrived at the Panther Creek property where Mr Corbett was found with fatal head injuries, Ms Martens Corbett was seated in a marked patrol car.

Ms Martens-Corbett had earlier told a paramedic that her husband had tried to choke her.

Thomas Martens walks to the Davidson County Courthouse on Thursday morning. [Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch]
Thomas Martens walks to the Davidson County Courthouse on Thursday morning. [Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch]

Her father, Thomas Michael Martens (67), who also denies second degree murder, said he intervened when he saw his son-in-law attacking his daughter.

Both are claiming self defence.

However, Lt Young said he noted no injuries on the young woman's neck or throat at the scene.

"There was initial consent to be allowed to take photographs," he told the ninth day of the Davidson County murder trial.

"Ms (Martens) Corbett continually pulled and tugged on her neck with her hand."

"I asked her to stop doing that."

Lt Young said that: "After several requests, she did (stop)."

The police officer said he photographed the young woman's neck from all angles but said he noted no injuries.

Jason Corbett
Jason Corbett

"None that I noted," he said.

The photos were displayed by an overhead projector to the murder trial jury of nine women and three men.

Lt Young said he did observe blood on Ms Martens-Corbett's face and hair.

Mr Corbett met Ms Martens when he advertised for a nanny-au pair to help look after his two children after the tragic death of his first wife, Margaret 'Mags' Fitzpatrick, from an asthma attack in 2006.

Both his children were aged under three years at the time.

He met Ms Martens in 2008 when she moved to Limerick from her native Tennessee to take up the position.

Some time later, a relationship developed between the duo.

They married in 2011 and, the following year, Mr Corbett relocated his family to North Carolina where the firm he worked for had a plant and had agreed to allow him transfer.

The State has argued that Mr Corbett was contemplating moving back to Ireland and that, despite his marriage to Ms Martens, had maintained her status solely as a step-mother to his children.

The trial continues.

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