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

19:10  08 june  2017
19:10  08 june  2017 Source:   Independent.ie

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

Molly Martens arriving at court © Independent.ie Molly Martens arriving at court 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.

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Jason Corbett and Molly Martens . Mr Corbett , 39, was found dead in the early hours of August 2, 2015, in the home he shared with his wife Ms Martens in Panther Creek, Wallburg, North Carolina.

Jason Corbett and Molly Martens : Ms Martens and her father are accused of murdering Mr Corbett . Picture: Brendan Gleeson. The claim has been made weeks after the prosecution accused Thomas Martens and his daughter, Molly , of using

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.

Molly and her father Thomas on her wedding day © Indpendent.ie Molly and her father Thomas on her wedding day

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

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.

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.

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Jason Corbett and Molly Martens : Ms Martens and her father are accused of murdering Mr Corbett . Picture: Brendan Gleeson. Mr Corbett ’ s children from his first marriage also lived in the home, and they are now in the custody of Mr Corbett ’ s family, in Limerick.

“Investigators also learned from members of the Corbett family that Jason Paul Corbett was possibly concerned about the spending habits of his American wife , Molly Martens Corbett .

molly Martens on her way into court © Independent.ie molly Martens on her way into court

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.

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]."

jason Corbett and Molly Martens on their wedding day in 2011 © Independent.ie jason Corbett and Molly Martens on their wedding day in 2011 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."

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Police in Davidson County, North Carolina have released the audio of a 911 call made by Jason Corbett ' s father-in-law on the night of his death . Mugshots of accused in Jason Corbett killing, Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas Michael Martens .

Thomas Martens (left) is charged in the death of his daughter Molly ' s husband, 39-year-old Jason Corbett (right). Corbett , a father-of-two Janseboro, Limerick, in Ireland, suffered fatal head injuries on August 2 at his house near Winston-Salem in North Carolina.

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."

Molly and her father, Thomas', mugshots © Indpendent.ie Molly and her father, Thomas', mugshots

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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