Trial begins for wife, father-in-law of man fatally beaten


LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The wife and father-in-law of a man beaten to death in 2015 at the couple’s North Carolina home are in court to face murder charges.

Local media outlets report the trial of 33-year-old Molly Corbett and her father, 67-year-old retired FBI agent Thomas Martens, begins Monday in Davidson County. Both are charged in the August 2015 death of Jason Corbett, a native of Ireland.

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Molly Corbett and her father have argued self-defense, saying Martens hit Jason Corbett on the head with a baseball bat because he was choking his daughter.

Court documents show Jason Corbett was planning to return to Ireland with his two children from a previous marriage.

The couple met in 2008 when Molly Corbett moved to Ireland. They married and moved to North Carolina in 2011.

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