A GRAND jury in the United States has indicted the wife and father-in-law of Limerick man Jason Corbett who was killed at his home in North Carolina last August.
According to reports from US media this evening the Davidson County Grand Jury has indicted Molly Martens Corbett, 31, and her father, Thomas Michael Martens, 65, with second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.
“It was an extremely thorough investigation,” Davidson County Sheriff David Grice told the-dispatch.com. “We are pleased with the decision of the grand jury,” he added.
Jason Corbett, 39, who was from Janesboro in Limerick city, was killed in the home of his second wife, Molly Martens Corbett, on August 2.
Prior to being indicted, Ms Martens and her father were described by the local sheriff as ‘persons of interest’ in the case.
Following the death of Jason Corbett, members of his family flew from Limerick to the United States where they fought a custody battle over his two children - Jack and Sarah.
However a judge in North Carolina dismissed an appeal by Ms Martens, who sought custody of the children who are both from Jason’s first marriage to Mags Corbett, who died in 2006 after suffering an asthma attack.
The dismissal of Ms Martens appeal followed a guardianship ruling which was handed down the superior court of North Carolina, which stated that it was in the children’s best interests to live with their aunt - Tracey Lynch in Limerick.
In a statement tonight, Ms Lynch and her husband, David, welcomed the decision of the grand jury.
“We want to express our appreciation to Davidson county District attorney Gary Frank and Davidson County Sheriff David Grice and his investigators for their hard work and determination to uncover the truth. We want all of the facts to go in front of a jury so that we can all know the truth.
“We continue to grieve over the murder of Jason. Jason’s children are doing well given what has happened. We are thankful that they are in Ireland, surrounded by loving family,” they said.
It is not yet known when Molly Martens and her father will appear in court.