Monday 23 October 2017

Molly Martens dad's claim: I was told that Jason Corbett 'caused the death' of his first wife

  • Murder accused Thomas Martens files pre-trial motion to court
  • Former FBI agent Thomas Martens and daughter Molly Martens both accused of murder
  • Limerick businessman Jason Corbett found beaten to death at his North Carolina home
Thomas and Molly Martens arriving at Davidson County court house
(Picture:Mark Condren)
Thomas and Molly Martens arriving at Davidson County court house (Picture:Mark Condren)
Thomas and Molly Martens arriving at Davidson County court house Picture:Mark Condren
Thomas Martens arrives in court for pre-trial motions (Photo: Mark Condren)
Molly Martens arriving at Davidson County court house (Picture: Mark Condren)
Molly Martens arrives in court for pre-trial motions (Photo: Mark Condren)
Molly Martens arrives in court for pre-trial motions (Photo: Mark Condren)
Thomas and Molly Martens arriving at Davidson County court house Pic:Mark Condren
Tracey and David Lynch, sister and brother in law of Jason Corbett, arriving at Davidson County court house (Photo: Mark Condren)
Tracey and David Lynch, sister and brother in law of Jason Corbett, arriving at Davidson County court house (Photo: Mark Condren)
Mugshots of Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas
Molly Martens with her late husband, Jason Corbett.
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Murder accused Thomas Martens is set to tell the court that he was told Jason Corbett "caused the death" of his first wife.

Businessman Jason Corbett (39) was found beaten to death at his home at Meadowlands in Davidson County, North Carolina on August 2, 2015.

His wife Molly Martens Corbett (35), and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Michael Martens (67), are each accused of second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Thomas Martens has admitted hitting Jason with a baseball bat at the house but has claimed that the Limerick man was choking Molly Martens at the time during a massive argument.

Molly Martens arrives in court for pre-trial motions (Photo: Mark Condren)
Molly Martens arrives in court for pre-trial motions (Photo: Mark Condren)

Now, the former FBI agent is claiming in a motion filed to the court ahead of the trial that he was "approached by Michael Fitzpatrick (since deceased), the father of Jason Corbett's late first wife Margaret Corbett" at his daughter and Jason's wedding in 2011.

It reads; "On that occasion, Mr Fitzpatrick told Mr Martens that he believed that Jason Corbett had caused the death of his daughter Margaret."

Tracey and David Lynch, sister and brother in law of Jason Corbett, arriving at Davidson County court house (Photo: Mark Condren)
Tracey and David Lynch, sister and brother in law of Jason Corbett, arriving at Davidson County court house (Photo: Mark Condren)

Jason’s first wife Margaret died during an asthma attack in 2006. The couple had two children together.

Jason Corbett met Molly Martens in 2008 when the American moved to Ireland from Tennessee to work as an au pair for the children.

Molly Martens with her late husband, Jason Corbett.
Molly Martens with her late husband, Jason Corbett.

He and the children later moved to the US and the couple married in 2011, settling down in the exclusive Meadowlands estate on the edge of a scenic golf resort.

After Jason’s killing a protracted custody battle ensued over the two children, with Molly Martens saying she wanted to raise them in the United States, but Jason’s family wanting to bring them back to Ireland.

The children were ten and eight when their father was killed.

Mr Martens' pre-trial motion also details how he wishes to claim "self-defence and the defence of others" in the murder trial.

Molly Martens with her father Thomas Martens
Molly Martens with her father Thomas Martens

The motion reads; "Specifically, during the alleged altercation that resulted in the death of Jason Corbett, Mr Martens witnessed Jason Corbett, a man far larger and more physically powerful than he or his daughter, choking his daughter and threatening to kill her, and thereafter acted in defense of his daughter and, eventually, in his own defense [sic]."

It adds that Mr Martens was allegedly aware of Jason Corbett's size during the assault, and that "Mr Fitzpatrick had represented to him that Mr Fitzpatrick believed his duaghter's death to have come at the hands of Jason Corbett."

Molly Martens (left) walks with a member of her legal team as they arrive at the courthouse. Photo: Winston-Salem Journal
Molly Martens (left) walks with a member of her legal team as they arrive at the courthouse. Photo: Winston-Salem Journal

The motion references the fatal shooting of a police officer and states that it's a precedent for how Mr Martens will fight his case.

"[The allegation] is being offered... to show the reasonableness of Mr Martens' apprehension of death or serious bodily to he and his daughter - and thus is competent evidence with respect to Mr Martens' state of mind."

The trial of Molly Martens and her father is due to start next month.

Molly Martens has two attorney’s managing her case, and her father has two also. The prosecution side has engaged three attorneys.

While Molly Martens is no longer living in the house on Panther Creek Court where Jason was killed, she and her father are expected to travel from Tennessee to the pre-trial motions hearings.

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