Irish Man Murdered In North Carolina, Wife And Father-In-Law Face Charges

| by Nicholas Roberts
Jason Corbett and Molly Martens CorbettJason Corbett and Molly Martens Corbett

The August 2015 killing of an Irish man at his North Carolina home has led to the indictment of the deceased man's wife and her father.

Jason Paul Corbett, 39, was discovered dead in his home after deputies responded to a report of assault, WCHP reports.

The caller said he had struck his son-in-law in the head with a baseball bat during an argument.

Retired FBI agent Thomas Michael Martens, 65, and his daughter, Molly Martens Corbett, 31, who is also Jason's wife, were charged with second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

It is not yet known what the confrontation was about or what led Thomas to attack Jason.

Mike Earnest, Molly's uncle, said the accused parties would likely claim self-defense and that their actions were necessary, according to The Irish Times.

Some of Jason's family members in Ireland traveled to the United States for the grand jury proceedings. Neither Molly nor Thomas is currently in custody, which irked the family.

“They have not even arrested them,” a spokesperson for the family told The Irish Times. "The charges were made known to them through their attorneys."

Jason had two children, 10-year-old Jack and 8-year-old Sarah, with his first wife, who passed away in 2006.  Jason's sister, Tracey Lynch, was appointed as his children's legal guardian after his first wife's death, but his killing led to a bitter custody battle, which Molly eventually lost.

Jason's two children moved back to Ireland after a U.S. judge awarded custody to Lynch and her husband.  Jason was brought back to Ireland and was buried in a cemetery next to his first wife.

Court dates for Molly and Thomas have not yet been announced.

Sources: WCHP, The Irish Times / Photo Credit: The Irish Times