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fight for justice Family of murdered Jason Corbett travel to US to demand retrial for killers Tom and Molly Martens

The Irish family want retired FBI agent Mr Martens (71) and his daughter Ms Martens (37) to be retried for second-degree murder after the North Carolina Supreme Court quashed their convictions.

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Molly Martens (36), pictured in 2017, and her father Tom Martens (70) have urged the North Carolina Supreme Court to order a full retrial. Photo: The Dispatch Publishing Co.

Molly Martens (36), pictured in 2017, and her father Tom Martens (70) have urged the North Carolina Supreme Court to order a full retrial. Photo: The Dispatch Publishing Co.

Molly Martens (36), pictured in 2017, and her father Tom Martens (70) have urged the North Carolina Supreme Court to order a full retrial. Photo: The Dispatch Publishing Co.

Members of murdered Limerick businessman Jason Corbett's family have travelled to the US in a bid to persuade prosecutors to order a retrial of his killers, Tom and Molly Martens.

Tracey Corbett-Lynch, a sister of the widower who was beaten to death by his American wife and father-in-law six years ago, has confirmed that his two children, Jack (16) and Sarah (14) Corbett-Lynch, now want to offer evidence to support the prosecution in any retrial.

The Irish family want retired FBI agent Mr Martens (71) and his daughter Ms Martens (37), the former nanny to Mr Corbett's two children, to be retried for second-degree murder after the North Carolina Supreme Court quashed their convictions over evidential issues at their July and August 2017 trial.

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Jason Corbett and Molly Martens pictured at a function in Ireland in 2009

Jason Corbett and Molly Martens pictured at a function in Ireland in 2009

Jason Corbett and Molly Martens pictured at a function in Ireland in 2009

Both are facing release from North Carolina prisons - and their 20-25 year sentences - next week pending any decision on a retrial.

The Martens family has already hinted at a possible plea deal being offered to a lesser charge over Mr Corbett's killing on August 2, 2015.

The Corbett family also expressed outrage at the depiction of the Irish widower in the latest issue of the US magazine Elle.

Tracey Corbett-Lynch accused the magazine of allowing itself to be used by Molly and Tom Martens in an attempt to destroy the good name of the Irish father of two - and to bolster their case in any debate over a retrial.

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Tracey Corbett Lynch

Tracey Corbett Lynch

Tracey Corbett Lynch

"Elle starts their article by asking: 'What happens when an allegation brings domestic violence into the harsh light of public scrutiny, particularly when people aren't always who they seem to be?'," she said.

"I can answer that from Jason's orphaned children's point of view. What happens is the children see their loving father's character destroyed by the baseless lies of a fantasist flailing in the face of forensic proof that she killed her husband, having drugged him."

Ms Martens has a long history of mental health problems and repeatedly lied about her achievements, her family history and details of her relationship with Mr Corbett. She chose not to offer evidence at her murder trial.

"What happens is publications like Elle take an inordinate interest in the baseless claims of a photogenic, white, middle-class girl and her wealthy father, an ex-FBI agent, and propel them into 'the harsh light of public scrutiny'," she says.

"One wonders if Molly looked different or was not so well-funded and privileged would Elle so readily take an interest in her lies, let alone present them as fact?"

Mr Corbett's family believe he was killed to stop him bringing his children back to Ireland after he had refused repeated demands from Ms Martens for him to sign adoption papers in her favour. Mr Corbett's children have now expressed their willingness to offer testimony at any retrial if disputed statements they made in August 2015 are relied upon by the defence legal teams.

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