Wednesday 25 April 2018

Prosecutors ask judge to dismiss Martens' motion to overturn trial after jurors' 'social media posts'

Molly Martens, Thomas Martens and inset Jason Corbett
Molly Martens, Thomas Martens and inset Jason Corbett
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Davidson County prosecutors have filed court documents to reject a motion by Molly and Thomas Martens' lawyers to dismiss their second-degree murder convictions.

The father and daughter filed court documents saying that the murder conviction should be tossed out of court due to alleged jury misconduct and bias.

They argue that voluntary media interviews and social media posts by the jurors show misconduct throughout the high-profile trial.

On Monday, Davidson County prosecutors filed an 11-page response which says the defence did not present any solid evidence of “external” influence on the jury to support findings of misconduct.

Molly and Thomas Martens' were handed minimum 20 year prison terms in North Carolina for bludgeoning Jason Corbett to death in the bedroom of his luxury Panther Creek Court home on August 2, 2015.

Both claimed they beat the father of two with a baseball bat and a brick in self defence.

However, they were found to be totally uninjured at the scene - while Mr Corbett's skull was crushed from a minimum of 12 savage blows.

Judge David Lee, who presided over the trial, will now decide if there needs to be an evidentiary hearing based on legal arguments to throw out the verdict.

District Attorney Garry Frank says there is no clear timetable for the judge’s decision, according to local media.

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