A jury has unanimously found 33-year-old Molly Martens-Corbett and her 67-year-old father, Thomas Martens, guilty in the murder of Molly’s husband, Jason Corbett.
Tonight, ABC News 20/20 will speak exclusively to Martens-Corbett and her father to discuss the night of August 2, 2015.
Read on to learn more about Molly Martens-Corbett.
1. Prosecutors Described Molly as an Emotionally Volatile Woman
In court, prosecutors argued that Molly is an emotionally volatile woman and killed her husband with her father’s help. They also used forensic evidence to contradict Thomas and Molly’s claims of self-defense.
The defense argued that Thomas Martens was protecting his daughter, who was being strangled by Corbett on the evening of August 2, 2015, when he entered the couples’ bedroom.
According to the Irish Times, Corbett’s sister, Tracey Lynch, claimed that prior to the incident, Molly told a family friend she “wanted to leave her husband because she did not love him any more and did not care what happened to him” and that she had “reconnected with an old boyfriend on Facebook”.
2. Molly Was Corbett’s Nanny
When he was just 30, Jason’s first wife, Margaret Fitzpatrick, died after a tragic asthma attack. Her death left Corbett alone with two children under two.
Corbett searched for a nanny to help him look after his children after his wife’s death. He ended up hiring Molly Corbett. The couple was friendly at first, but over a seven month period, their relationship developed into a romance.
The couple became engaged in 2010 and married in 2011 in Tennessee.
3. She Has Been Sentenced to a Minimum of 20 Years in Prison
Molly has been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison with a maximum of 25 years. Both she and her father say they plan to appeal.
She is currently in a high security, North Carolina prison.
In court, prosecution argued that Molly’s motive for the murder was rooted in the fact that Corbett refused to sign adoption papers for his second wife. According to the Irish Times, “Assistant district attorney Greg Brown claimed during the trial that a life insurance policy worth $600,000 Mr Corbett had held with his company, naming Molly as a beneficiary, was another motive…”
4. Molly Says Corbett Was Choking Her the Night of August 2
Martens claims that on the night of August 2 her husband grasped her by the throat. She says she screamed, and he put his hand over her mouth, according to the Independent. “At some point, when he stopped, I screamed, and he started again. And the next thing I remember is my dad standing in the doorway,” the outlet reports her as saying.
Molly has said she feels “horrible” that her father was prosecuted after a lifetime of service to the US.
Recalling the night of the incident, she maintains, “I was sure he (Mr Corbett) was going to kill my father.”
Her father has corroborated the statement, and is reported as saying, “I did not murder my son-in-law. And I would challenge any reasonable man, much less a reasonable father, to say that this was unnecessary force. I used the force that was necessary to end the threat. That’s what I was trained to do for over 31 years, end the deadly threat.”
5. She Is a Former Model
Molly is a former model and swim coach, according to the Independent.
Her father, Thomas, worked in the FBI for 31 years.
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