Jason Corbett's wife and father-in-law enter not guilty pleas

Jason Corbett's wife and father-in-law enter not guilty pleas

Molly Martens Corbett and her father, Thomas Martens, have entered not guilty pleas

THE Killing of Limerick man Jason Corbett has been described as heinous, atrocious and cruel, at a court sitting in the United States.

Molly Martens Corbett, 32, and her 65-year-old father, Thomas Martens, are charged in relation to the death of the 39 year-old father of two in his home in North Carolina on August 2 last, where he was struck with a baseball bat during a domestic disturbance.

According to reports from the United States, both defendants entered not guilty pleas to charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter at a court sitting earlier today.

Ms Martens-Corbett and her father, a former FBI agent, were formally indicted last month by a Grand Jury.

During today’s court sitting, Davidson County Assistant District Attorney Greg Brown said prosecutors and the defence have tried unsuccessfully to obtain copies of Martens' personnel file and an application for a court order was granted by Superior Court Judge Mark E. Klass.

Brown described the crime “heinous, atrocious and cruel”.

Jason Corbett

During the hearing, Walter Holton, Molly Corbett's lawyer, lodged a motion to subpoena records from the Department of Social Services in Davidson County and Union County, which is located to the south of Charlotte.

It is unclear why the records were requested. Social Services assists families in establishing self-sufficiency as well as protecting children from neglect and abuse.

The defendants were each released on a $200,000 bond last month, and were ordered to give up their passports and to not have any contact with Jason Corbett's family, including his two children – from his first marriage,  who are living with Jason’s family in Limerick.

The case was adjourned to April 4, next.