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appeal Killers Tom and Molly Martens hope to be released from prison by Easter

The father and daughter – who are serving 20-25 years for the murder of Irish businessman Jason Corbett (39) – hope to be released from prisons in North Carolina by April 2 following a Supreme Court ruling which granted them a retrial.

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Murdered: Jason Corbett was attacked while he was asleep

Murdered: Jason Corbett was attacked while he was asleep

Molly Martens

Molly Martens

Molly Martens

Molly Martens

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Murdered: Jason Corbett was attacked while he was asleep

Killers Tom (71) and Molly (37) Martens are set to be released from prisons in the US and back home in Tennessee by Easter.

The father and daughter who are serving 20-25 years for the murder of Irish businessman Jason Corbett (39) – hope to be released from prisons in North Carolina by April 2 following a Supreme Court ruling which granted them a retrial.

Both were convicted by unanimous verdict of a Davidson County Superior Court jury in August 2017 of the second degree murder of Mr Corbett.

The Limerick father of two was beaten to death with a metal baseball bat and a concrete paving brick as he slept in his North Carolina home on August 2, 2015.

His family maintains Mr Corbett was murdered by his father-in-law and second wife because he planned to bring his two children back to Ireland.

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Molly Martens

Molly Martens

Molly Martens


Mr Corbett had repeatedly refused to sign adoption papers that would have given Ms Martens equal rights to his two children by his late first wife, Margaret.

Margaret, or ‘Mags’, Corbett died in November 2006 from an asthma attack.

Ms Martens travelled to Ireland to work as a nanny for the two children and started a relationship with the widowed Mr Corbett.

After the marriage to Ms Martens, Mr Corbett
became increasingly worried by his wife’s mental health and her bizarre behaviour.

Ms Martens visited a divorce lawyer within weeks of her 2011 marriage to determine her rights to the two children.

Now, she and her former FBI agent father await the decision of Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank on a retrial.

Tom Martens’ son, Connor, said the family hopes to have the duo home within three weeks. “I still cannot believe it. When the (retrial) news came in I was in total shock, crying with happiness,” he said in a social media posting.

“It has been a long time coming."

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