Wednesday 18 July 2018

Molly Martens' aunt pleads with Barack Obama to 'help right this terrible injustice'

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Amy Molloy

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The aunt of convicted killer Molly Martens-Corbett has sent a number of tweets to former US president Barack Obama, pleading with him to help release her family members.

Mona Earnest, the wife of Molly Martens-Corbett's uncle Michael Earnest, asked Barack Obama to "help right this terrible injustice".

She said the verdict will "destroy the foundation of our jury system if allowed to stand," before adding that "self defense is not a crime in our country".

Molly Martens-Corbett (33) and her father Thomas Martens (67) were convicted of the second-degree murder of her husband Jason Corbett by a jury of nine women and three men following a month-long trial in Davidson Superior Court, North Carolina.

Both were sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison.

Father-of-two Jason was beaten to death with a brick, which was on his wife's nightstand in the couple's bedroom, and an aluminium baseball bat in his home in Panther Creek Court, North Carolina, in the early hours of Sunday, August 2, 2015.

The pair claimed they were acting in self-defence but the jury returned verdicts of second-degree murder after just three hours and 20 minutes of deliberations.

Earnest set up an online campaign in a bid to raise $300,000 to fund an appeal.

She also sent a link to the GoGetFunding page to a number of major media personalities in the US on Twitter- including Barack Obama.

A number of Twitter users hit out at Earnest, with one writing: "Suggest Mr. Obama continues his focus on real injustices."

Jason Corbett's family released a statement last week saying it does not matter what the Martens say any more and revealed how they just want to "get back to some sense of normality."

Tracey Lynch and her husband David, who adopted Jason's children from a previous marriage, explained: "We all now know what happened. That Jason was beaten around his head when in bed. That they continued to beat him after he died. Jason's children, Jack and Sarah, had to be sheltered by police from seeing what the Martens had done to their father."

Last week, lawyers for Molly Martens-Corbett and her father, a former FBI agent, filed court documents saying the guilty verdicts in the murder of Jason Corbett should be set aside due to alleged jury misconduct.

A motion filed in the US alleges that certain jurors posted about the trial on social media, as well as giving press interviews, which pointed to "juror misconduct."

No hearing has yet been set.

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