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Jason Corbett homicide in NC featured on CBS’ ’48 HOURS’

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Jason Corbett, left, and Molly Martens on their wedding day in 2011.

Jason Corbett, left, and Molly Martens on their wedding ceremony day in 2011.


On Saturday, CBS will current the story of a high-profile North Carolina homicide that reverberated throughout the globe.

The information journal “48 HOURS” examines the August 2015 homicide of Irish businessman Jason Corbett by the hands of his spouse, Molly Martens Corbett, and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Martens, contained in the Corbett house in Winston-Salem.

A Davidson County jury discovered Molly Corbett, initially from Knoxville, Tennessee, and her father responsible of second-degree homicide after a monthlong trial that led to August 2017.

In response to the Winston-Salem Journal, prosecutors advised the jury that whereas 39-year-old Jason slept, Molly and Martens beat him with a baseball bag and a concrete brick paver, crushing his cranium.

Molly Corbett and her father stated the beating was in self-defense, and that Jason had repeatedly choked Molly and had threatened to kill them each.

Molly Corbett and Martens gave an interview to the ABC information program “20/20” in August 2017, earlier than their conviction, calling Jason Corbett “controlling” and “paranoid” and described violent conduct that passed off behind closed doorways. This system performed audio recordings Molly Corbett made ofher husband screaming at her throughout fights. Molly Corbett and her father even raised questions on how Jason Corbett’s first spouse had died — saying that maybe he had killed her.

Jason Corbett’s household objects to that narrative.

His sister Tracey Corbett-Lynch wrote a e book in regards to the killing referred to as “My Brother Jason: The Untold Story of Jason Corbett’s Life and Brutal Homicide by Tom and Molly Martens,” revealed by Gill Books in Eire. The e book paints Molly Corbett as a manipulative liar who focused her husband by a nanny service as a result of he was a wealthy widower with younger youngsters.

Corbett-Lynch stated she and members of her household are collaborating in Saturday’s “48 HOURS” program to counter the allegations from the Martenses that Jason Corbett was killed in self-defense. “We are going to by no means falter in our marketing campaign to make sure that Tom and Molly Martens serve the total sentence handed down by a North Carolina courtroom for his or her horrible crime,” Corbett-Lynch stated in a press release printed by the Irish Mirror newspaper.

This will likely be Corbett-Lynch’s first American tv interview, in keeping with CBS.

In Saturday’s episode, Corbett-Lynch tells “48 HOURS” reporter Maureen Maher, “The Martens didn’t simply homicide Jason, they tried to destroy his character.”

The Lexington Dispatch printed a press release from Corbett-Lynch saying the household has vowed to “problem each lie and scurrilous allegation leveled in opposition to his good identify by those that resort to something of their bid to evade justice for his or her crimes.”

In response to the Lexington Dispatch, members of the Martens household may even seem within the “48 HOURS” episode to argue that Molly Corbett and her father didn’t obtain a good trial and that key proof was not heard by the jury.

In January of this yr, attorneys representing Martens argued earlier than the N.C. Court docket of Appeals that Molly Corbett and Tom Martens didn’t obtain a good trial. An article within the Greensboro Information & File detailed the factors argued in that listening to and stated it is going to be months earlier than the judges determine if the convictions are upheld or overturned.

“48 HOURS” will air at 10 p.m. Saturday on CBS.

Brooke Cain is a North Carolina native who has labored at The Information & Observer for greater than 20 years. She writes about TV and native media for the Happiness is a Heat TV weblog, and likewise covers native retail.

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