Stephanie Rohan
Stephanie Rohan

06.59 1 Apr 2021


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US prosecutors have offered a plea bargain deal to Molly and Tom Martens over the killing of Jason Corbett.

39-year-old father of two Jason Corbett was beaten to death in the bedroom of his North Carolina home in August 2015.

His wife Molly Martens and her father Tom, a former FBI agent, were found guilty of second-degree murder in 2017.

They had served almost four years of a 20 to 25-year jail term when the Supreme Court quashed the convictions over evidential issues.

US prosecutors have now offered a plea bargain deal to Molly and Tom Martens, meaning they won’t face a second trial if they accept the deal.

The Corbett family say they are devastated by the decision.

They said: "Our family has had to fight a constant battle for justice for Jason.

"The evidence still sits in police evidence bags, and would only require a retesting of those blood samples to allow this evidence to be used in a retrial.

"It is inexplicable to our family that [the] District Attorney [...] has chosen not to do this and not to proceed with a retrial."

Additional reporting by Stephen McNeice
Main image: File photo of Jason Corbett

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