Martens-Corbett claims Jason to blame for his own death
Jason Corbett's killers have claimed in new US court papers that the Irish father-of-two was to blame for his own death.
Molly Martens-Corbett (33) and her father, retired FBI agent Thomas Martens (67), were convicted on August 9 in North Carolina of the second degree murder of Limerick man Mr Corbett (39) in 2015.
Both are now serving sentences of between 20 and 25 years in North Carolina prisons.
Mr Corbett died from horrific head injuries sustained during a prolonged assault at the luxury home at Panther Creek Court in the US state he shared with his wife, Ms Martens-Corbett.
However, the father and daughter are now defending a wrongful death civil suit filed against them by David Lynch, a Limerick-based brother-in-law of Mr Corbett.
The action also lists Mr Martens' wife Sharon as a co-defendant.
Now, in fresh court filings in North Carolina, quoted in 'The Winston Salem Journal', the father and daughter are alleging that the Limerick-born father of two was, in effect, to blame for his own death.
Both have said that Mr Corbett was struck with a baseball bat only because he had threatened to kill them.
"Jason Corbett's death was the sole proximate result of his own deliberate attempt to kill Molly Corbett and kill or seriously injure Mr Martens," a court filing claimed.
The filing was made by solicitors Kent Hamrick and Ann Rowe who are defending Mr Martens.
Defence papers have also been filed by Dudley Witt, a solicitor who is defending Ms Martens-Corbett in the action.
"In order to save his daughter from imminent bodily injury or death, Mr Martens struck Jason Corbett with the baseball bat," one court filing added.
Both the father and daughter have requested that the civil proceedings be delayed given that they are both challenging their criminal convictions.
The duo are seeking to have their convictions overturned by the North Carolina Court of Appeal.