The young son of Irishman Jason Corbett has said his wife "will always be remembered as a murderer" as she was jailed for a minimum of 20 years. Ms Martens Corbett, sobbing after the verdict, turned to her family in the public gallery and said: "I'm really sorry Mom - I wish they'd just kill me."
The young Tennessee woman also wailed uncontrollably as Jack Corbett (12), Jason's son, had a letter read out on his behalf by Assistant District Attorney Alan Martin in which he said she would always be remembered as "a murderer" and was not a part of the Corbett family. "She (Molly) has put this burden on this family, and it will not be done until she is put away," he wrote adding - as many in the courtroom cried - "She will always be remembered as a murderer". He said her actions had deprived himself and his sister of "a kind, loving and adoring father" and left the children orphaned. "I will never be able to give him a hug, to give him a present, to help me up when I'm down." Jack said of the aftermath of his father's brutal death. "He will never watch me grow into a teenager, see me get married, or catch a ball," he added.
Irish Mirror August 13th 2017
CALLOUS killers Molly and Thomas Martens are not “monsters”, their family insisted yesterday. A jury convicted the father and daughter of bludgeoning Jason Corbett to death in his home in North Carolina on August 2, 2015. The Limerick man, 39, had been hit 12 times over the head with a baseball bat and paving stone. Speaking exclusively to the Irish Mirror, Martens’ sister-in-law Elynette Marrero Martens said: “Tom is the most calm person I know. He is a husband, father and grandfather. “Molly always was a great mom to the kids and aunt to my kids. The family is devastated. “I understand this was a horrible situation on both sides and definitely has been one sided and very unfair. And I don’t know how anyone can think this is best for [ Jack and Sarah] Jason’s kids . “They really love Tom and Molly. We love them, they were at my house before they were taken and it is just very hard to believe because they were devastated when they were taken away.”
Marrero Martens said she fears for the killers in jail. She added: “I think anyone would struggle in prison when you are a good person and not a murderer. “We have not slandered the Corbett family so it is not fair that everything they say just gets taken as the truth. “They did not live here and have no idea what went on in Jason’s and Molly’s lives. We saw them regularly. Just that summer he told me how the family was trying to go to the birthday party of his dad. “We will appeal. Molly misses the kids so much. She did everything with/for them.
Irish Daily Mail August 13th 2017
THIS is the last photo of Jason Corbett his family have, before he was brutally murdered in his home.
Taken just five days before his wife and father-in-law beat him to death, it shows the father of two relaxing on a family trip to Washington DC with his twin brother, Wayne.
Recalling the visit, Wayne told the Irish Mail on Sunday: ‘We went back to North Carolina that night and I flew home the following morning.’ And that was the last time he saw his much-loved brother.
Wayne had flown to the States on July 18, 2015, and the brothers were joined on the trip – that included a visit to Murphy’s Grand Irish pub, in Virginia – by Molly Martens, her mother Sharon and Jason’s two children, but Molly’s father Tom refused to go. During the trial, it emerged that a work colleague of Tom’s had asked him why he didn’t go and he replied: ‘Why would I go anywhere with that asshole?’
‘It’s been a long two years,’ he said, shortly after the verdicts, from the home of his parents John and Rita in Janesboro, Limerick. ‘We’re just delighted, as a family, that the whole ordeal is over and done with, and that they have been found guilty.’ However, it was a ‘bittersweet’ moment. He said: ‘We’re delighted it’s finally at an end but it’s not a celebration. Jason is still gone, but finally people have been found guilty, and justly so. It was a coldblooded murder.’ He said: ‘It’s surreal. It’s like we were living a nightmare for the last two years. It was 10 hours… As far as I know, the police asked Molly Martens did she want them to contact us, and she said no on a number of occasions.
‘She wouldn’t let them contact us because she was next-of-kin at the time,’ he said.
Wayne has told how his 76-year-old mother was too emotional to talk to reporters.
‘It’s been a great relief for my elderly parents that this has finally come to an end; that we can all now grieve for Jason without having to worry about the court case.
‘Hopefully, we can start to try to put this behind us. I’m overwhelmed, but I’m not shocked with the verdict. I was totally confident the jury would find them guilty. ‘I was [at the trial] for three weeks, and for me, that was the only conclusion they could come to,’ he added. He believes Ms Martens and her father deserved to go to jail for the rest of their lives. He said Molly and Tom Martens ‘finally got their just deserts now’ and that former FBI agent Tom ‘thought he was above everyone’ and ‘he thought that nothing would touch him’. Wayne added: ‘He thought that we were a small family from Ireland, and that we wouldn’t fight – but we did. He has a long time now to think about that.’
The Irish Mirror August 13th 2017
KILLER Molly Martens has astonishingly questioned the manner in which Jason Corbett’s first wife Margaret died. In an interview with American channel ABC, Molly Martens made sick claims about the circumstances in which Jason’s first wife Mags died. Margaret Fitzpatrick passed away after suffering cardiac arrest following an asthma attack in November 2006. The former model and nanny insisted she only kept the marriage going for the sake of Jason’s children Jack and Sarah and wanted to get equal custodial rights for them.Martens added: “I felt like he was actually going to follow through with the adoption papers. “I would feel more confident about securing my rights to the children.”
Molly did not get custody of the kids after Jason’s murder.
The Irish Daily Mail August 14th 2017
AN uncle of Molly Martens has described her conviction and that of her father Tom, for second degree murder, as an ‘atrocious miscarriage of justice’. Michael Earnest, a brother to Molly’s mother Sharon, also said the verdict came as a ‘shock’ to their family, and claims that unheard court evidence will prove she acted in self-defence. Mr Earnest, who lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended every day of the four-week trial, said the family firmly believed the jury would acquit her.
Molly Martens and her father Thomas Martens, a retired FBI agent and qualified barrister, were convicted of second-degree murder last Wednesday in North Carolina over the death of Ms Martens’s husband, father-of-two Jason Corbett.
Mr Earnest said: ‘The [trial] was very difficult.
‘But we know that both Tom and Molly are completely innocent, so we can’t imagine a jury finding two innocent people guilty.’ Mr Earnest, who is a Federal employee and part of the US Afghanistan Reconstruction programme, vowed that the family will never stop fighting to prove the pair’s innocence and to show they acted entirely in self-defence. He said: ‘We are all thoroughly devastated and shell-shocked. ‘None of us saw this coming [the convictions]. It is so horrible.
‘So much evidence from life at that house [Panther Creek where the couple lived] was never heard nor submitted in court. ‘A lot of the evidence heard in court was taken out of context and never explained fully, (such as how the brick used to hit Jason came to be on his wife’s night stand).
‘All of this needs to be known, and it will be. ‘Our family is decimated by what has happened.
‘The sheer vitriol and viciousness directed towards the extended family here is literally spine-chilling.
‘The extended family have not broken the law; we are only trying to support our loved ones.
‘People have even criticised our professional lives and the renowned work the FBI do.
‘How can people be like that towards a law enforcement agency. ‘We are all just decimated. ‘Our lives have been put on hold and now we must face back to our normal personal and work lives which is just so difficult to do. ‘How do you pick up the pieces?’ He added: ‘In my opinion and in my personal life, this is the most atrocious miscarriage of justice I have ever been a part of.’
The family are determined to fight the father and daughter’s convictions and will leave no stone unturned in their legal appeals, he said. The extended Martens family have kept a stony silence throughout the entire trial which was held in Lexington, Davidson County. sister and her husband David in Limerick.
The unanimous second-degree murder convictions against Molly Martens and her father are set to cost the young Tennessee woman more than $1million (€850,000). The father and daughter are to lodge legal papers within the 90day period legally allowed to challenge their murder convictions. They are taking their appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Both Molly Martens and her father are Tom jailed in security prisons outside Raleigh in North Carolina. ‘We will fight this conviction’ ‘We never saw the verdict coming’
Irish Daily Mail August 17th 2017
MORE than €3,000 raised for the future education costs of Jason Corbett’s orphaned children by a friend of the woman who murdered him has not yet been released by her. ‘Bring Justice for Jason’, dedicated to the memory of the father of two, claimed on Wednesday that money raised by Melissa Sams, a friend of Ms Martens Corbett on behalf of her stepchildren, has not been given to the children in trust. However, a solicitor representing Ms Sams said: ‘Once final guardianship and custody have been determined, the funds will be released from GoFundMe directly to an educational fund of the financial Guardian/ Custodian’s choosing. The GoFundMe page entitled ‘Jack and Sarah educational fund’ raised $3,765 through 47 donations. It states: ‘The proceeds will be transferred to an educational account’ with the assistance of a law firm. However, the ‘Bring Justice for Jason’ Facebook page has criticised the delay in transferring the donations. Rich Manger, an attorney writing on behalf of Ms Sams, said the claims on the Facebook page were inaccurate and a misleading characterisation. Mr Manger told the Irish Daily Mail that an agreement could not be definitively reached between the two parties as to how the funds raised would be used. Mr Manger said Ms Sams was ‘ethically bound to honour the purpose of the fund.
The Irish Daily Mail August 17th 2017
CONVICTED murderers Tom and Molly Martens have applied to have their guilty verdict thrown out on the grounds of alleged juror misconduct.
Retired FBI agent Tom and his daughter were both last week convicted of seconddegree murder after bludgeoning Molly’s Limerick-born husband Jason Corbett to death using a baseball bat and a concrete paving brick. They were both sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in prison – with no opportunity for parole until 2037 – for the murder in North Carolina, US. Now, one week after sentencing, lawyers for the Martens have submitted a motion for a re-trial to the Davidson County Superior Court claiming that members of the jury acted inappropriately. In the 42-page document, the defendants – who maintain they acted in self-defence – claim that social media posts and post-trial interviews by members of the jury prove that they wrongfully engaged in private discussions about the trial prior to starting their deliberations. They claim jury foreman Tom Aamland admitted on social media and in an interview that jurors held such discussions. The document states that after the verdict, ‘the jury foreman voluntarily participated in an impromptu press conference outside the courtroom’.
They quote him as saying: ‘We felt which way we were going to go, I believe individually, before the closing arguments. ‘We didn’t discuss a verdict but in having private conversations, everybody – we could read that everybody was going in the same direction, just the level of severity. ‘Nobody voted not guilty’. The defence claims the juror’s use of the pronoun ‘we’ and his referral to ‘private conversations’ indicates that the jury violated the court’s repeated instructions not to discuss the case with anyone outside of the court room. The ‘motion for appropriate relief’ further claims that a witness observed the jury foreman and another juror meeting privately for ten to 15 minutes during deliberations.
The defence says this ‘raises serious concerns, necessitating an evidentiary hearing regarding the substance of that conversation and all other “private conversations” that occurred.’
The documents, lodged on Wednesday, also allege one of the jurors misled the court on her ability to continue in the trial. When photos of Mr Corbett’s battered skull were shown in the early stages of the trial, juror Nancy Perez became ill and was excused from the courtroom.
The appeal papers state: ‘Upon the return of juror Perez to the courtroom, defence counsel moved to remove Ms Perez for cause in favour of an alternative juror. Attorneys for the Martens also claim that Ms Perez had a bias against Mr Martens due to his service in the FBI despite denying so when she was specifically asked by the state if the accused man’s service in the FBI would make it difficult for her to be impartial. They also allege jurors formed opinions of Ms Martens’s character and mental state outside of evidence presented at the trial. They claim members of the jury determined Ms Martens’s role was of the ‘aggressor’ despite this not being a trial theory.
‘Juror had a bias against Tom’
Independent.ie August 21st 2017
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. 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."
Irish Mirror August 22nd 2017
Evil Molly Martens accused of having a secret new boyfriend she hooked up with after murdering Limerick man Jason Corbett – as smiling new photos of killer emerge.A social media campaign named Bring Justice For Jason, which was set up by supporters of the tragic Limerick man, has shared a message that alleges Molly is in a new relationship. It also includes a number of new photos of the twisted murderer, which it claims are evidence she was in a new relationship..
It states: "As we can see she felt able to move on to another relationship quite easily and quickly.
"She's all smiles here - camping, woodland walks in the rain, beach holidays.
"Here we have the many faces of Molly Martens, all taken a few weeks before conviction. Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde comes to mind. She is where she belongs.
"Always beware the wolf in sheep's clothes! Thank God the judge and jury had integrity and intelligence to see the evidence for what it is. Molly and Thomas Martens are cold blooded killers."
Molly's family have hit back and claims she found love after Jason's death.
Uncle Mike Earnest told the Irish Daily Star: "Molly does not have a boyfriend... and she's not had a boyfriend since Jason. "It's clear (others) intend ill-will on anyone connected to Molly or Tom in any way shape or form." The Irish Sun previously told how callous Molly Martens stopped Jason Corbett’s family from seeing his body by secretly moving him to a different funeral home – and she even sent them bill for the ambulance.
Journal.ie august 24th 2017
DAVIDSON COUNTY PROSECUTORS have filed documents to reject a motion by defence lawyers to dismiss the second-degree murder convictions of Thomas Martens and Molly Corbett in North Carolina.
In the 11-page response, the prosecution’s motion says the defence did not present any competent evidence of “external” influence on the jury to support findings of misconduct.
The defence’s motion, filed on 16 August, argues that post-trial, voluntary media interviews and social media posts by the jurors show misconduct throughout the trial that violates North Carolina law and Constitutional protection
The defence’s motion lists several examples of alleged misconduct by the jurors.
The motion says “private” conversations were held between the jurors prior to closing arguments.
It states that opinions were formed about Molly Corbett’s character outside the evidence presented at the trial and opinions were formed regarding Molly Corbett as the “aggressor” outside the evidence presented. It also states truthful answers were not provided regarding some jurors’ ability to serve on the jury, opinions were expressed by jurors during evidence presentation and additional juror comments indicated bias.
The Irish Times August 30th 2017
Connor Martens says she was ‘reprimanded for walking too fast in her attempt to get exercise’
Convicted murderer Molly Martens Corbett had her hair cut and dyed against her will and was denied basic hygiene essentials during her first nine days in prison, her brother has claimed. In a Facebook post, her brother Connor Martens accused correctional staff of stripping Martens Corbett of her dignity since she was transferred to the facility on August 9th.
The post read: “Upon entering prison on August 9, she was not given shower shoes or a tooth brush for the first 9 days. This prevented her from showering and obviously brushing her teeth. It continued: “There is no air conditioning. Over 15 people have passed out in her short time there. There are no activities. On rare occasions, she gets to go outside only to be reprimanded for walking too fast in her attempt to get exercise. “Her hair has been dyed and cut against her will stripping her of any external dignity she may have had left.” Friends and family have started a fundraising effort to raise $300,000 for an appeal on behalf of the convicted father and daughter. Nearly $19,000 in donations have being pledged. Defence lawyers for the convicted duo have already filed for an appeal on the basis of juror misconduct. Connor Martens went on to say the appeal “is about every American and their right to a fair trial”. He accused the 12-person jury in the Davidson County court case of making a “mockery” of the judicial system. He outlined grounds for an appeal including allegations that members of the jury concocted their own theories on Mr Corbett’s death which were not grounded in evidence heard during the case, and that at least one juror misunderstood the burden of proof necessary for a murder conviction.
A separate post uploaded to the fundraising page on Monday showed demonstrators campaigning for the release of Tom Martens and Molly Martens Corbett in Washington DC “Today we took our campaign to the streets of Washington DC to spread the word about how Tom saved his daughter’s life and how the State of NC convicted them both for 2nd degree murder. Our fellow Americans were outraged,” it read. It carried a photo of a poster asking for volunteers to help raise awareness of and resources for the Martens’ case, and declaring that “self defense is not a crime”.
Irish Daily Mail September 3rd 2017
PRISON bosses have debunked claims that husband-killer Molly Martens’ hair has been cut and dyed a different colour against her will. And they have also revealed that any dramatic change to her appearance would first have to be formally approved by them because of the risk of the 34-year-old escaping from prison with a new identity.
This week, in an emotional online posting, Molly’s younger brother Connor accused prison authorities of ‘stripping’ his sister of ‘any external dignity’ by cutting and dyeing her hair against her will.
His Facebook message read: ‘Upon entering prison on August 9, she was not given shower shoes or a tooth brush for the first nine days. This prevented her from showering and obviously brushing her teeth.
‘There is no air conditioning. Over 15 people have passed out in her short time there. There are no activities. On rare occasions, she gets to go outside only to be reprimanded for walking too fast in her attempt to get exercise. ‘Her hair has been dyed and cut against her will, stripping her of any external dignity she may have had left.’ All inmates serving time in prison in North Carolina are photographed on entering the jail and these pictures are then held on a publicly accessible central database. As recently as yesterday, Martens – known as offender 1551729 – can be seen on the central database wearing a baggy grey V-neck tunic, with her distinctive blonde hair worn around her shoulders.
According to prison bosses, Martens was transferred from the women’s section of the North Carolina Correctional Institute on Wednesday to the Southern Correctional Institute because of overcrowding.
Speaking to the MoS, Southern Correctional Institute Superintendent Miranda Richardson, said: ‘The picture on the database was taken on August 9. ‘When inmates come in they have ID cards and our policy is that they can have one inch cut off their hair. Offenders can all sign up for service in [the prison’s] cosmetology school. But if they want to change their hairstyle, they have to get approval from myself.
‘If they want a major haircut, they have to be approved. A new photo is taken and they are given a new ID card because there is a danger they could escape. ‘We don’t allow them to change their appearance. We don’t have a policy of cutting or colouring hair against the inmate’s will and I’m sure it’s the same at the NCCI.’ When asked if Martens had been transferred because of a health issue, Ms Richardson replied: ‘No.’ She added: ‘Bed space at the NCCI is limited and I have bed space here. ‘She can put in a request [for her health] to be reviewed.’ The MoS was unable to contact Molly Martens’ solicitor or family for comment yesterday. ‘We don’t allow them to change appearance’ ‘They were moved here because we have more bed space’
Extra.ie September 5th 2017
Molly’s uncle, Mike Earnest spoke to the Irish Daily Star about the move, explaining that her father Tom who was also convicted is also hoping to transfer to another facility. Earnest told the publication, ‘Her mother has now been able to see her. Molly is doing as well as she can given the circumstances and since moving to this new facility there has definitely been a big improvement.’ He added, ‘Tom is hoping to transfer to another facility to be close to my sister, his wife. The Central Prison is quite far away and my understanding is he has applied to be moved to a facility closer to Tennessee so that she can visit him more regularly.’ Former nanny Molly was moved to a new correctional institute following an evaluation of her ‘mental and physical health’.
The Irish Sun September 8th 2017
A FRESH mug shot of husband killer Molly Martens has been posted online - after she was moved to a different prison last week. The former model was convicted of second degree murder for beating Limerick man Jason Corbett to death with a baseball bat and paving stone alongside her ex-FBI dad, Thomas, 67. The 33-year-old served her first few weeks behind bars at North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh.And she was transferred to the Southern Correctional Institution last Wednesday after her physical and mental health assessment ended. Her new mug shot - which shows a pale and tired-looking Martens - was dropped onto the North Carolina Department Of Public Safety Offender Public Information website on Monday. Her hair remains blonde and shoulder length despite her brother Connor Martens' claims it had been dyed and cut against her will.
Connor also claimed there was no air conditioning and activities at her old prison.
Real People Us October 12th 2017
Nanny’s bloodbath to get the kids! The search for a Mary Poppins began...
Jason Corbett set about it with a heavy heart. He was only 30, so young to be a widower and, with a high-powered job in packing and no wife to take care of his son and daughter, the situation was desperate. Margaret Fitzpatrick Corbett, Jason’s wife and love of his life since they’d met at a Limerick nightclub, had run her own crèche. She’d loved kids and been the perfect mum. But, in November 2006, she’d died from an asthma attack in the middle of the night. Their son was just two, their daughter only 12 weeks old. Now, raising them was up to Jason, despite his broken heart.
Each and every day, he’d visit his late wife’s grave, sitting there for hours reading her the papers.
At first, he’d turned to his sister, Tracey, for help watching the kids while he worked.
But, in an attempt to juggle the demands of parenting and work, he was now looking for more permanent help.
So, in February 2008, 15 months after Mags’ death, Jason posted an online ad for an au pair.
And help came from the most unlikely place.
Jason’s ad was answered by Molly Martens, a former model from Knoxville, Tennessee, in the US.
With her slender figure, blonde hair and American chipper, Molly was an instant hit with the children – and Jason. Quite why Molly wanted to travel 4,000 miles to work in Ireland isn’t clear. Perhaps she wanted an excuse to start afresh? Whatever it was, Molly must have seemed heaven-sent. The children adored their new nanny, and she them.
Irish Daily Mail November 4th 2017
IN JUNE this year Catherine told how a vicious smear campaign against murder victim Jason Corbett had been completely invented by Tom Martens who, along with his daughter Molly, would eventually be convicted of the Limerick man’s killing. Papers had been submitted to the American court ahead of the murder trial in which Tom Martens had claimed the father of Jason’s first wife Mags Fitzpatrick blamed Jason for her death. He said Michael Fitzpatrick had told him this at Molly and Jason’s wedding in the US, as the pair scrambled to try and exonerate themselves from killing an innocent dad with two small children. Michael Fitzpatrick had sadly since passed away, but Marian Fitzpatrick gave a powerful and emotional statement to Catherine. In her exclusive interview, she revealed neither herself nor Michael had been at Jason’s second wedding in the US so the claims had been completely fabricated. ‘My husband never, ever said what has been alleged. Never. This is extremely upsetting for myself and our family but we know the truth.’ Catherine later spent four weeks covering a trial that saw Tom Corbett and Molly Martens-Corbett convicted of second-degree murder.
Evoke.ie November 6th 2017
Molly Martens’ ex-fiancé has spoken about his shock at her attempt to blacken Jason Corbett’s name. He revealed how he believes Molly deliberately got pregnant when they were together but later miscarried. Keith Maginn, who dated Molly for a year back in 2007, said Molly would fly info a furious rages and was taking medication as she was bipolar. The 39-year-old said he was stunned when he watched the interview Thomas and Molly gave to the 20/20 show on ABC News. In the interview given prior to their conviction the father and daughter said Corbett was prone to violent outbursts. Maginn said :’It only showed the alibi that Molly and her dad were going with, that he was this violent, angry person, when I don’t believe that. ‘They [the public] could tell that they were lying and there was no history of domestic violence or anything like that. ‘I felt all along that he was a good guy that got caught up in a bad situation and that they lied about it to try and cover up their own actions.’ He said he could not believe they tried to say Jason had been responsible for the death of his first wife who died of an asthma attack. He also revealed how Molly would ‘squirm out of lies’ when they were together. Molly did get pregnant but when she lost the baby it brought her to ‘a whole new level of sadness’. He said when they would row Molly would never let him leave to clear his head. And the flight attendant said he believed Thomas looked down on him because at the time he was with Molly he had a low paid job at a non-profit organisation. A lot of people were like ‘man, he just seems so pompous and arrogant’ during that interview [with ABC News], well that’s kind of how he was when I was around him,’ he said. ‘He had a very high opinion of himself and he looked down on everybody else,’ Independent.ie reports. The relationship ended when Molly suddenly left to be a nanny in Ireland where she met Jason Corbett.
Irish Daily Mail December 2nd 2017
MURDERER Molly Martens is facing disciplinary action in prison for going on ‘unauthorised leave’.
Martens, 33, was convicted of second-degree murder for beating her husband, Limerick man Jason Corbett, to death with a baseball bat and a paving stone at their North Carolina home in 2015. MURDERER Molly Martens is facing disciplinary action in prison for going on ‘unauthorised leave’.
Martens, 33, was convicted of second-degree murder for beating her husband, Limerick man Jason Corbett, to death with a baseball bat and a paving stone at their North Carolina home in 2015.