Molly Martens and Thomas Martens face second-degree murder charges in Jason Corbett's August death

By Tim Nudd
January 05, 2016 11:30 PM
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A woman and her father have been charged with murdering the woman’s husband in August in North Carolina in a case that led to a high-profile custody battle over the deceased husband’s children, PEOPLE confirms.

Molly Martens, 31, and her father, Thomas Martens, 65, were indicted on charges of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of Jason Paul Corbett, 39, Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank tells PEOPLE.

Neither has yet entered a plea. Later Tuesday afternoon, each will appear before a judge where the terms of their bond will be determined by a judge, Frank says.

On Aug. 2, police responded to a call from the Corbett residence in Davidson County just after 3 a.m. in reference to an assault, reports WGHP-TV. The 911 dispatcher allegedly told responding officers that the Thomas Martens, a retired FBI agent, had been arguing with son-in-law Corbett and had hit him with a baseball bat.

Corbett, an Ireland native who had moved to North Carolina in 2011, was found with fatal head wounds. No one outside the home was being sought in the case, deputies said early in the investigation, reports WXII-TV.

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In the days after Corbett’s death, a custody battle enused over his two children, a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old, who he had with his first wife, who died in 2006 following an asthma attack, reports the Irish Independent.

Molly Martens, the children’s stepmother, sought custody, but Corbett’s will stipulated that his sister Tracey Lynch and her husband David, back in Ireland, should become the children’s legal guardians should anything happen to him, the Independent said.

Custody was granted to the Lynches in mid-August, about two weeks after Corbett’s death.

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