The Irish Times January 31st 2019
Molly Martens Corbett and Thomas Martens did not receive a fair trial for the murder of Irishman Jason Corbett, a court of appeal in the US has been told. The attorneys for the father and daughter delivered oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the North Carolina court of appeals inside a packed courtroom on Thursday morning. The standing-room-only crowd of nearly 150 people heard David Freedman, representing Martens, tell the judges he did not believe his client received a fair trial during the case that was heard in Davidson County, North Carolina in the summer of 2017.
On Thursday, Mr Freedman alleged Judge David Lee, who heard the case in 2017, excluded key evidence that would have corroborated his client’s claims. He said Martens’ state of mind was not taken into consideration. One statement that was not introduced at trial, but was heard on Thursday, came from Michael Fitzpatrick, the father of Jason Corbett’s first wife, Margaret Fitzpatrick Corbett. Ms Fitzpatrick Corbett, mother to Jason Corbett’s two children, died in 2006 from cardiac arrest stemming from an asthma attack. Her father, who has since died, signed an affidavit denying that he ever made that statement to Martens. Mr Freedman also argued that the jurors confessed to misconduct on the courthouse steps immediately following the trial and in a nationally-televised interview with ABC’s 20/20.
Extra.ie February 1st 2019
Molly Martens could still get half the proceeds of the house in which Jason Corbett was brutally murdered. Molly and her father Thomas, who were both convicted of the second-degree murder of Limerick man Mr Corbett, lodged appeals to their convictions in an American court yesterday. It has seen no devaluation given its recent violent history and the negative impact that may have on sourcing a buyer. Sources confirmed to Extra.ie that any proceeds from the sale of the house will be divided between the Martens family in the US and the Corbett family in Limerick, in accordance with the estate of Jason Corbett. It has seen no devaluation given its recent violent history and the negative impact that may have on sourcing a buyer. Sources confirmed to Extra.ie that any proceeds from the sale of the house will be divided between the Martens family in the US and the Corbett family in Limerick, in accordance with the estate of Jason Corbett.
Jason Corbett’s brother-in-law David Lynch who is guardian to the Corbett children Jack and Sarah alongside his wife Tracey Lynch — filed a separate civil suit of wrongful death against both Martens and is seeking at least $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit, filed before the murder trial started, also alleges that Molly’s mother Sharon, who was in the house the night of the murder, ‘assisted, aided and abetted defendants Molly Page Corbett and Thomas Martens in the killing of Jason Corbett and in the concealment and destruction of evidence related to Jason Corbett’s death.’ Sharon Martens was not criminally charged in relation to the killing. Lawyers for the convicted pair responded to the lawsuit by filing court papers claiming Mr Corbett’s death ‘was the sole proximate result of his own unprovoked violent aggression and his deliberate attempt to kill Molly Corbett and kill or seriously injure Mr Martens’.
Independent.ie February 12th 2019
THE family of an Irish father of two brutally murdered by his American wife and father-in-law have paid a moving birthday tribute to him - and vowed they will continue to defend his good name.
Tributes were paid to Jason Corbett (39) on what would have been his 43rd birthday with his sister, Tracey, vowing that they will provide whatever support is required to the North Carolina authorities to ensure her brother's killers face justice. Tracey paid a special birthday tribute to her brother and admitted that the Limerick family remain heartbroken at his loss. "To the world you were just one person - but to us you were our whole world," she said. 'You were our whole world' - family's birthday tribute to murdered Irish dad Jason Corbett
Lexington Dispatch March 25th 2019
Lawyers for Molly Corbett and her father, Thomas Martens, settled a wrongful death lawsuit Monday morning that will result in a $750,000 payout to the trust fund of Jason Corbett’s two children, 14-year-old Jack and 12-year-old Sarah. On July 19, 2017, David Lynch, the executor of Jason Corbett’s estate and Jason Corbett’s brother-in-law, filed the lawsuit against Thomas Martens, Molly Corbett and Martens’ wife, Sharon Martens, for the murder of Irishman Jason Corbett. On July 19, 2017, David Lynch, the executor of Jason Corbett’s estate and Jason Corbett’s brother-in-law, filed the lawsuit against Thomas Martens, Molly Corbett and Martens’ wife, Sharon Martens, for the murder of Irishman Jason Corbett.
According to the documents, there is no admission of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of Thomas Martens, Sharon Martens or Molly Corbett. As a part of the settlement, the Martens will pay $180,000 and State Farm is paying an additional $20,000. After subtraction of attorney fees and litigation costs, approximately $149,000 will be deposited into the children’s trust fund.
Another $601,000 will be deposited into the trust fund from Jason Corbett’s life insurance policy, which was at the request of Molly Corbett, according to her lawyer Walter Holton. In another document, Molly Corbett renounced any claim to the funds so that it can be used for the benefit of the children. Holton said Molly Corbett had no knowledge of the life insurance policy prior to Jason Corbett’s death.
Lynch will also resign as trustee of the children’s fund in favor of Thornton’s Ireland Office, an independent trustee.
WFMY News April 20th 2019
In her first American television interview, the sister of an Irish businessman who was murdered in Winston-Salem speaks out to defend his honor, she talks to 48 HOURS' Maureen Maher.
The episode titled “In Jason’s Name” aired Saturday night, April 20, on WFMY News 2/CBS. Jason Corbett was beaten to death with a brick paver and a baseball bat in 2015 by his American au-pair-turned-wife Molly Corbett and her father, former FBI agent, Tom Martens.
Corbett and Martens maintained they killed Jason Corbett in self-defense after he tried to strangle Molly. They claimed he was abusive to Molly for years and he had been threatening to kill Molly the night he died. NC Prosecutors said Corbett’s death was murder. Now, Tracey Lynch is trying to set the record straight on her slain brother. “They claimed it was self-defense,” Lynch tells 48 HOURS’ Maureen Maher.
“The Martens didn’t just murder Jason,” Lynch says. “They tried to destroy his character.” “Jason was an amazing human being,” Lynch says. Jason Corbett was a 30-year-old father of two in Ireland, who suddenly found himself a widower when his first wife died of an asthma attack. He then decided he needed help with the children and hired Molly Martens, originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. Soon, their relationship turned romantic and they were married. Shortly after, they moved to the United States.
“I just couldn’t process it,” Lynch says of her brother’s death. “It was that, you know, he was my best friend. We were just two of the closest people in the world to each other outside my husband and children.” Lynch tells Maher that before his death her brother said he was unhappy and wanted to move home to Ireland. “He said she was acting strange,” Lynch says of Molly Corbett. “He would open up and say they were having difficulties, and then he would change the subject.”Molly Corbett and Tom Martens were arrested and charged with killing Jason Corbett. They were convicted of second-degree murder in 2017, but have maintained their innocence. Earlier this year they sought to get their convictions overturned on appeal. The court has yet to rule. 48 HOURS: “In Jason’s Name” takes viewers into the courtroom for the hearing.
Daily Mail UK April 20th 2019
Tracey Lynch is coming to the defense of her late brother, Jason Corbett, who was brutally murdered in 2015 by his wife and father-in-law
In 2017, Molly Martens Corbett and her father, Thomas Martens, were convicted of second-degree murder in the Aug. 2, 2015 killing of Corbett, 39
Martens Corbett claimed her husband Jason was abusive and controlling, and choked her the night of his death before her father intervened
Prosecutors said a possible motive behind the slaughter may have been to adopt kids and collect a $600,000 life insurance policy
Martens Corbett and her father were sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison with a maximum of 25 years
In January, their lawyers argued before the North Carolina Court of Appeals for the conviction to be overturned
CBS’s 48 Hours 'In Jason's Name' airs Saturday at 10pm ET