Thursday 20 June 2019

Settlement is proposed in Martens lawsuit

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Ralph Riegel

A US insurance firm has proposed an outline settlement for a wrongful death lawsuit taken against Molly Martens and her father Thomas Martens over the brutal murder of Irish father-of-two Jason Corbett.

The lawsuit was taken against the American father and daughter, as well as Thomas's wife Sharon Martens, by the Irish family of their victim Mr Corbett (39), in a bid to protect his two orphaned children.

Thomas Martens (68), a retired FBI agent, claimed he feared for the safety of his daughter in the months before the murder of his Irish son-in-law in August 2015.

Thomas and Molly Martens (34) were convicted of the second-degree murder of Mr Corbett last year.

Now, it has emerged that a US insurance firm acting for the Martens has proposed a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit lodged by Mr Corbett's family in June 2017.

The 'Winston-Salem Journal' indicated a settlement was being proposed, but that no legal documents had yet been lodged in North Carolina courts.

Irish Independent sources have learned that a notice was filed in a federal court by the insurance firm involved over a proposed settlement.

In the US, it is commonplace for families to have insurance policies that protect them against specific forms of legal action.

The proposed settlement would involve a contribution from the insurance firm as well as a significant payment from the Martens family.

The four parties to the action are now being briefed on the terms of the proposed agreement. No amount has been specified.

Irish Independent

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