In her first American television interview, the sister of an Irish businessman who was murdered in Winston-Salem, N.C., speaks out to defend his honor, in 48 HOURS: “In Jason’s Name,” to be broadcast Saturday, April 20 (10:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Jason Corbett was beaten to death with a brick paver and a baseball bat in 2015 by his American au-pair-turned-wife, Molly Corbett, and her father, former FBI agent Tom Martens. Corbett and Martens maintained they killed Jason Corbett in self-defense after he tried to strangle Molly. They claimed he was abusive to Molly for years and he had been threatening to kill Molly the night he died. Prosecutors said Corbett’s death was murder.
Now, Tracey Lynch is trying to set the record straight on her slain brother.
“They claimed it was self-defense,” Lynch tells 48 HOURS’ Maureen Maher.
“The Martens didn’t just murder Jason,” Lynch says. “They tried to destroy his character.”
“Jason was an amazing human being,” Lynch says.
Jason Corbett was a 30-year-old father of two in Ireland, who suddenly found himself a widower when his first wife died of an asthma attack. He then decided he needed help with the children and hired Molly Martens, originally from Knoxville, Tenn. Soon, their relationship turned romantic, and they were married. Shortly after, they moved to the United States.
That’s where the story turns leading up to the fateful night of August 2, 2015.
Tom Martens told a 911 dispatcher that his son-in-law got into fight with his daughter and he had to intervene. “He’s bleeding all over, and I, I may have killed him,” he said.
Molly also told police that Jason, then 39, was “screaming ‘I’m going to kill you.’”
“I just couldn’t process it,” Lynch says of her brother’s death. “It was that, you know, he was my best friend. We were just two of the closest people in the world to each other outside my husband and children.”
Lynch tells Maher that before his death her brother said he was unhappy and wanted to move home to Ireland.
“He said she was acting strange,” Lynch says of Molly Corbett. “He would open up and say they were having difficulties, and then he would change the subject.”
Molly Corbett and Tom Martens were arrested and charged with killing Jason Corbett. They were convicted of second-degree murder in 2017, but have maintained their innocence. Earlier this year they sought to get their convictions overturned on appeal. The court has yet to rule.
48 HOURS: “In Jason’s Name” takes viewers into the courtroom for the hearing.
Maher and 48 HOURS investigate Jason Corbett’s death, the trial and appeal through interviews with his friends and family, Molly Corbett’s friends, investigators, defense attorneys and more.
While awaiting a court decision, Lynch continues to fight for her brother and, with her husband, cares for her brother’s children in Ireland.
“I would have done anything I needed to do to take justice for Jason,” Lynch says.
48 HOURS: “In Jason’s Name” is produced by Susan Mallie and Jennifer Terker. Joan Adelman, Ken Blum, Richard Barber, Michelle Harris and Greg Kaplan are the editors. Gail Zimmerman is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.