Molly Martens, 32, and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Martens, 69, plead not guilty to second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges in the August 2 death of Molly’s husband, Limerick man Jason Corbett.
Corbett, 39, died of blunt force trauma to the head following a domestic dispute at their North Carolina home.
He and Molly Martens had married in 2011. They became close after she was hired as an au pair for his children in Ireland in 2008. Their mother, his first wife, died following a severe asthma attack in 2006.
Martens was originally from Tennessee. The couple had moved to North Carolina, where Corbett worked as an executive at a pharmaceutical company.
The pleas were filed yesterday in Davidson County, North Carolina. A further administrative hearing will take place on April 4.
Greg Brown, with the state prosecution team, requested a court order that would allow him to obtain Thomas Martens’ FBI files, the Irish Independent reported.
The lawyer for Molly Martens, Walter Holton, moved to subpoena records from the Department of Social Services in Davidson County and Union County.
As part of their $200,000 bond deals, the Martens have been forbidden from contacting Corbett’s children, who are now in Ireland following a custody battle between Molly Martens and Corbett’s sister.
Thomas Martens claims that on the night of August 2 he intervened in a confrontation between Corbett and Martens to defend his daughter and then immediately called 9-1-1 when it became apparent that he had wounded his son-in-law.
A recording of the 911 call was released in early January:
The Martens’ trial is not expected to begin until late 2016 or early 2017, the Irish Independent reported.