A former FBI agent and his daughter have been found guilty of murdering the daughter’s husband in 2015.
ABC News reports that Thomas Martens, 67, and his 33-year-old daughter, Molly Corbett, were both found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Molly’s husband Jason Corbett in 2015.
Martens worked for the FBI for over 30 years. He and his daughter had both pleaded self-defense in the murder of Jason Corbett, who Molly said routinely abused her during their marriage.
In a North Carolina court on Wednesday, after the verdict was read, Molly claimed innocence again.
“I did not murder my husband. My father did not murder my husband,” she said.
Molly also reportedly said: “I’m really sorry to my mom, he should have just killed me.”
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Earlier in the trial, the jury heard the 911 call placed by Martens on August 2, 2015, the night Jason Corbett died, saying that he came to his daughter’s defense after Corbett attacked her.
“He was choking my daughter, he said, ‘I’m going to kill her,'” Martens said in the call. “He’s bleeding all over and I may have killed him.”
Martens told the operator that he hit Corbett “in the head with a baseball bat.”
Prosecutors claimed that the father and daughter did not have injuries typical of a defensive attack, and ultimately the jury was swayed that Martens and Molly Corbett acted in malice.
According to NBC News, Jason Corbett was born in Ireland, and met Molly when she moved there to become an au pair to his children after their mother died. The couple married three years later, and moved the family to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
After Jason’s death, Molly had filed for custody of Jason’s children, but Corbett’s sister, Tracy Lynch, was given custody. Lynch testified for the prosecution at the trial.
Both Martens and Corbett were sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison, with a maximum of 25 years.
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