Thursday 24 October 2019

Police at scene of Corbett killing told his children to close their eyes as they were carried out of home

Paramedic told officer: 'It is bad in there - real bad. It is a horrible scene'

The family home in Panther Creek Court in Wallburg where Jason Corbett and his wife Molly Martens (inset) lived with his children
The family home in Panther Creek Court in Wallburg where Jason Corbett and his wife Molly Martens (inset) lived with his children

Ralph Riegel

TWO North Carolina policemen who arrived at the home of Jason Corbett (39) carried his two young children downstairs and advised them to close their eyes so they wouldn't see the blood stains on the walls and floor from their father's fatal head injuries.

Davidson County Sheriff's Department officer, Corporal Clayton Dagenhardt, told the murder trial he saw blood on the walls, floor, bed, hallway and bedroom of a luxury Panther Creek gated community home he was called to at 3am on August 2 2015.

Corporal Dagenhardt was the first police officer to enter the master bedroom of the home after the alarm was raised.

As he walked into the property at Panther Creek, a paramedic told him: "It is bad in there - real bad. It is a horrible scene."

Corporal Dagenhardt photographed with his mobile phone the scene where Mr Corbett's naked and blood-stained body was lying on the floor.

After paramedics removed the body, he went upstairs with another policeman to determine who else was in the property.

Molly Martens Corbett enters court with her lawyer Walter Holton. Picture: Ralph Riegel
Molly Martens Corbett enters court with her lawyer Walter Holton. Picture: Ralph Riegel

Mr Corbett's two children, Jack and Sarah, both aged under ten years, were asleep in separate bedrooms upstairs.

He went into Sarah's bedroom.

"She was asleep - she had not been disturbed in any way," he said.

His colleague awoke the little girl's brother, Jack.

"She was startled when I woke her."

"I said I wanted her to close her eyes (when he brought her downstairs)."

The little girl, startled from being awoken, agreed with the policeman's suggestion that he carry her downstairs.

"I told her to turn her face into my neck and I told her to close her eyes."

"I then walked backwards so she didn't open her eyes and she wouldn't be exposed to anything."

A blood trail had been left from their father's body.

Retired FBI agent Thomas Martens, 67, left, arrives the Davidson County Courthouse in Lexington, North Carolina. Photo: Elise Manahan
Retired FBI agent Thomas Martens, 67, left, arrives the Davidson County Courthouse in Lexington, North Carolina. Photo: Elise Manahan

With his colleague, he then brought the two children downstairs where he found mother-of-four Sharon Martens, Thomas Martens wife, standing by a downstairs bedroom door.

"(She was) calm," he said.

"I advised her we had an active investigation and we had to leave the children in her care," he added.

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