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Slain Jason's wife is charged with murder


Jason Corbett and his widow, Molly Martens Photo: Brendan Gleeson

Jason Corbett and his widow, Molly Martens Photo: Brendan Gleeson

Jason Corbett and his widow, Molly Martens Photo: Brendan Gleeson

The wife and father-in-law of slain Irishman Jason Corbett have been charged with his murder in the US.

Dad-of-two Jason (39) was allegedly beaten to death with a baseball bat at his home in North Carolina last August.

His widow, Molly Martens Corbett (31), and her father, Thomas Michael Martens (65), have both been charged with second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Davidson County Assistant District Attorney Greg Brown said the grand jury has indicted the pair and they will appear in court later this week. The lawyer representing them was informed of the indictments.


"Second-degree murder means killing with malice and voluntary manslaughter means killing without malice. The grand jury found there was sufficient probable cause for each of the charges," said Mr Brown.

Bail and other matters will be dealt with during the court appearance and the trial is expected to begin later this year.

The incident is alleged to have happened at the couple's home in Wallburg, North Carolina, last August 2. The Davidson County Sheriff's office received an emergency call at 3am and arrived to find Jason (39) with fatal head injuries. Detectives were treating the death as "a domestic disturbance" and have said that Mr Martens claimed he was acting in self-defence to protect his daughter.

Autopsy results found Jason died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Molly Martens Corbett fought a custody battle with Jason's family in an attempt to keep his children, Jack (10) and Sarah (8), in the US. But the clerk of Davidson County Superior Court said it was not in the best interests of the children and they were transferred to the care of their aunt, Tracey Lynch.

Ms Martens Corbett posted a message on Facebook after she was indicted asking: "Shouldn't the truth matter? I cannot believe the level of slander, harassment, lies and absolute utter corruption?"

Members of Jason's family travelled to the US to hear the grand jury indictment.

Last night, Treacy and her husband, David, said in a statement: "We want all of the facts to go in front of a jury so that we can all know the truth. We continue to grieve over the murder of Jason," they said. "Jason's children are doing well given what has happened."