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Mr Martens, a retired FBI agent, and his daughter immediately upon conviction signalled that they would appeal against both the conviction and sentences for the second degree murder of the Limerick-born father of two. A Davidson County Superior Court jury unanimously convicted the father and daughter of beating Mr Corbett to death as he slept in the luxury home outside Winston Salem he shared with his second wife, Ms Martens, in August Mr Corbett was beaten to death with a concrete brick and a paving bat. An attempt had been made to drug him with a sedative.
Pathology evidence indicated that Mr Corbett was beaten even after he lay dead on the floor - and that the first blow was most likely struck while he was asleep in bed and helpless. However, while Mr Corbett suffered horrific head injuries with a pathologist unable to even determine the precise number of blows struck, Mr Martens and Ms Martens were found by police to be totally uninjured at the scene. The appeal hearing was told that Ms Martens was twice warned by police at the scene to stop vigorously rubbing her neck until she was photographed.
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The father and daughter lodged written submissions on why their appeal should be upheld last September. Molly and Tom Martens are not in court for the legal arguments, as they were not required to offer evidence. However, members of the extended Martens family were in court including Tom Martens's son, Bobby and his brother-in-law, Michael Earnest. The appeal by the father and daughter is based on a number of grounds including the claim they acted in self defence, that the trial judge erred in not allowing them enter specific statements, that there was jury misbehaviour and that prosecution forensic evidence was misleading.
Mr Martens insisted he only struck his son-in-law with a baseball bat when he claimed he saw him holding Ms Martens by the throat. His legal team were not allowed to introduce evidence at the Davidson County Superior Court trial where he claimed the father of Mr Corbett's late first wife, Margaret 'Mags' Fitzpatrick, alleged he held the Limerick businessman responsible for her death. The defence were similarly not allowed to enter disputed statements from Mr Corbett's two children, Jack and Sarah, in evidence.
Mags Fitzpatrick Corbett died from a severe asthma attack on November 21 , just weeks after giving birth to her second child, Sarah.
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Her husband frantically tried to resuscitate her after having driven to meet an ambulance to get her critical medical attention at University Hospital Limerick UHL. He then met Tennessee-native Molly Martens when she moved to Ireland to work as a nanny minding his two children, Jack and Sarah, two years later. Mr Martens initially claimed he had heard the comments from Mr Fitzpatrick at a time and date in the US - but Mr Fitzpatrick indicated he was not even in the US at that time.
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The time and date was subsequently revised - but Mr Fitzpatrick, who has since passed away, remained resolute he never made any such comments at any time to the former FBI agent. His affidavit was a key element of the prosecution rebuttal case but was ultimately never entered in evidence at the original trial. The trial judge had described Mr Martens' statement and claims about Mr Fitzpatrick as "self-serving" and "prejudicial. In court documents, Mr Martens said the trial judge was "unfair" to him in not allowing those statements into evidence.
The appellants stressed that it was not being argued the statements were correct - but that they were critical as to indicating the state of mind the retired FBI agent was in when he got involved in the fatal incident with his son-in-law. The Fitzpatrick affidavit is now one of the documents cited by the North Carolina state attorneys in full defence of the appellant claims.
North Carolina Department of Justice officials have already dismissed the appeal claims of self defence as "fantasy" and "a fabrication.
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During the five week trial, Mr Martens acknowledged in cross-examination that he had never previously seen his Irish son-in-law threaten or harm his daughter. The State case is that the father and daughter fabricated the self-defence story to explain their brutal killing of Mr Corbett.
The Corbett family maintain Jason was attacked and killed because he planned to move back to Ireland with his two children amid concerns over the increasingly bizarre behaviour of Ms Martens who had a history of mental health problems. The State argued that the excessive use of force was so blatant and overwhelming it negated any possible suggestion of self defence. Critical blood spatter analysis evidence indicated that Mr Corbett was asleep in bed when first attacked.
After being attacked by his wife and father-in-law while in bed, Mr Corbett was then cruelly left to die on the bedroom floor as prosecutors stated the father and daughter delayed ringing emergency services to ensure he was dead when they arrived. Ms Martens was obsessed with securing custody of her husband's two children, visiting a divorce lawyer in the US to determine her rights to them just weeks after she had married Mr Corbett in If the father and daughter fail to win a retrial with the Court of Appeal, their final recourse is the North Carolina Supreme Court. Gordon Deegan An year childminder told Gardai that she unintentionally broke the arm of her one-year-old niece when trying to frighten the baby in order to distract her from crying.
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The Tennessee-born woman was transferred back to a high security prison in North Carolina two months ago after being cited for three separate breaches of prison rules, two alone in the space of a couple of hours. After being attacked by his wife and father-in-law on August 2, , while he was asleep in bed at his North Carolina home, Mr Corbett was then cruelly left to die on the bedroom floor. Martens and her father were accused by prosecutors of deliberately delaying their call to emergency services to ensure Mr Corbett had died when they arrived.
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