Meddling father beat daughter's husband to death while the couple were arguing about parenting victim's children


Thomas Martens (L) Jason and Molly Corbett
Thomas Martens (L) Jason and Molly Corbett
By: Alexis Bell  WorldWideWeirdNews.com

(Scroll down for video) A father and his daughter will spend many years in prison in North Carolina, for killing a husband during a simple argument.

Thomas Martens, 67, and his daughter, Molly Corbett, 33, maintained that they acted in self-defense, but a jury found that Irish national Jason Corbett, 39, was viciously beaten to death.

They were found guilty of second-degree murder and were sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison after it was determined that they hit Jason's head with a baseball bat at least 10 times.

Martens, who used to work for the FBI for 31 years, said that he and his wife, were staying at the couple's home when he claimed he heard the couple arguing during the night.

Molly said that Jason became upset when his daughter woke up during the night and came to their bedroom at around 3:00 a.m.

She took her daughter back to bed and cuddled her for some time before returning to her room.

Molly said that Jason was upset that she treats his kids as if they were babies. He did not think that an 8-year-old should be coming to her parents' room to wake them up.

Molly added that while she usually did not argue with her husband over her parenting style, this time she felt comfortable doing so because her parents were in their home.

Martens said that when he heard the couple arguing and his daughter screaming, he came to their room, where he claimed he saw Jason choking his daughter.

He and his daughter beat her husband until he died.

Davidson County prosecutors said the father and daughter came up with this story to cover their real motive.

Police learned that the couple was on the brink of divorce and the victim had a $600,000 life insurance policy.

Jason, whose first wife died of an illness in Limerick, Ireland, was a single father to two children before he hired Molly as a nanny in Ireland in 2008.

The two got married three years later. Moly was allegedly unhappy that Jason did not want to sign adoption papers that would have made her legally their mother.

After the murder, Molly fought for custody of Jason's two children, but a judge handed them over to his sister Tracey Lynch, in Ireland.