Convicted murderer Molly Martens Corbett’s claims outrage Limerick man’s family

Molly and Tom Martens
Molly and Tom Martens

Convicted murderer Molly Martens Corbett’s claims that her husband subjected her to sustained verbal and physical abuse throughout their marriage has outraged the Limerick man’s family.

The Corbett family are incensed by the allegations, especially the inferences regarding Mr Corbett's wife Mags, who died in November 2006, the Sunday Independent reports.

It comes as an uncle of Molly claimed there is an innocent explanation for the presence, on the bedroom night stand, of the heavy paving slab used to kill Mr Corbett.

He told the Sunday Independent that the brick was part of an arts and crafts project for Jason's children.

The claims that have angered the Corbett family came in a TV interview conducted before Molly Martens Corbett was convicted last week, along with her father, Thomas Martens (67), of the second degree murder of Jason Corbett (39).

Ms Martens Corbett said in the primetime TV interview broadcast in the US that she feared she might die in circumstances similar to that of the Limerick businessman's first wife.

Molly, 33, and Thomas, 67, a former FBI agent, both received sentences of 20 to 25 years after being found guilty on Thursday of the second degree murder of her husband Jason Corbett, 39, at his home in Wallburg, North Carolina on August 2, 2015.

The dad-of-two, 39, was beaten to death with a paving stone and a 17-ounce Louisville Slugger aluminium baseball bat, with the pair claiming self-defence.
Their lawyers, Walter Holton and David Freedman, say the first step in the appeal process is requesting a copy of the court transcript.

Mr Holton said: “Obviously, it takes a bit of time for (the court reporter) to get all of that assembled and for the clerk to get all of the exhibits assembled and so forth. Once that is done, we hope to move as quickly as possible.”

Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank estimated that getting the court record together could take 90-120 days.

Once that’s approved, another 60-90 days is required for briefs to be submitted and then it’s a matter of the Court of Appeals’ calendar.