Jason Corbett’s killers Molly and Tom Martens could also be freed on bail on Wednesday

Molly Martens and her father Tom Martens. Photographs: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Molly and Tom Martens, the killers of Limerick man Jason Corbett, might apply for bail on Wednesday, whereas they take into account a plea cut price supply of manslaughter, or face a full retrial on second-degree homicide costs.

Based on Mr Corbett’s sister, Tracey Corbett Lynch, a bail listening to for the pair has been set for 2pm on Wednesday (7pm Irish time) at Davidson County Courthouse within the US state of North Carolina.

Ms Martens (37) and her father Tom (71) had been convicted in 2017 of Mr Corbett’s 2015 homicide; nonetheless, their convictions had been quashed final month and a retrial ordered after they efficiently argued they didn’t get a good trial. The pair have already served 4 years of every of their sentences.

Mr Corbett (39) was crushed to loss of life as he slept in his North Carolina residence, which he shared together with his second spouse Molly Martens and his two kids, Jack and Sarah, from his earlier marriage to his late spouse Margaret Fitzpatrick, who handed away years beforehand after struggling an bronchial asthma assault in 2006.

Molly Martens and Tom Martens, a former FBI officer, beat Mr Corbett to loss of life with a metallic baseball bat and a concrete paving brick, their trial had heard.

Nevertheless, they claimed they’d acted in self-defence after Mr Corbett tried to choke Ms Martens. Regardless of this defence, the trial heard that when police and paramedics arrived on the home they discovered no seen marks on Molly and Tom Martens.

The Martens have been transferred from separate high-security prisons, the place they had been serving their homicide sentences, to Davidson County jailhouse.

Nearly 8,000 signatures have been added to a petition launched by the Corbett household which seeks a “Retrial for Molly and Tom Martens” and which can be despatched to Davidson County district lawyer Garry Frank.

Mr Frank, who knowledgeable the Corbett household final week he had provided the Martens a plea cut price deal reasonably than search a retrial – because of a backlog in legal instances due to Covid-19 – couldn’t be reached for remark.


Ms Corbett Lynch, who received custody of her brother’s kids Jack (16) and Sarah (14), mentioned the household had been “devastated” on the DA’s resolution.

Her brother John Corbett, who works for the NHS in London, has written to the DA in addition to US president Joe Biden expressing his “dismay” on the plea cut price supply to “two chilly narcissistic people”.

“My many colleagues within the UK NHS well being system are additionally completely dismayed how two cold-blooded murderers are being gifted leniency by the North Carolina justice system,” John Corbett wrote.

“Two chilly people who used weapons approach past the affordable quantity of power essential to kill somebody (I’ve 21 years’ army service). Two people who didn’t have a scratch on them . . . Some people would get 5 years in jail for theft.

“We as a household, like all household on this planet who’ve misplaced a member of the family to a brutal cowardly homicide, would need regular justice. Sadly, the justice system appears, on this case, to be working for the murderers, and never for the life they’ve coldly taken for their very own narcissistic agenda.

“It’s a really unhappy day as all eyes are on the inequality and injustice being performed out in the intervening time in North Carolina,” he added.

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