A father and daughter were sentenced to prison Wednesday for conspiring and carrying out the murder of the woman’s husband.
As the judge read their sentence, the father, 67-year-old Thomas Martens, stood stone-faced while his 33-year-old daughter, Molly Corbett, burst into tears.
Martens, a former FBI agent, and Corbett, a model, tried to explain the death of her husband, Jason Corbett, as self-defense against domestic violence.
“I did not murder my husband,” Corbett said. “My father did not murder my husband. The incidents of Aug. 2 happened as they happened on a somewhat regular basis. The only difference is my father was there.”
The prosecution mounted the case for brutal murder when Corbett was found dead from brain trauma and the coroner’s report revealed he suffered 10 blows to the head from a baseball bat.
“He was choking my daughter. He said, ‘I’m going to kill her,'” Martens is heard telling 911 that night. “He’s bleeding all over and I may have killed him.”
However, further investigation revealed no sign of choking on Corbett’s neck and no sign of any other injury on either of the two. More than 200 pieces of evidence, including the bloody baseball bat, were shown in court. The jury said the decision to find both family members guilty was difficult.
“After going over some of the evidence and discussing it – the clothing and proximity to the attack – we felt that [Corbett] could have gotten out of that situation but chose to stay,” jury foreman Tom Ammland said in court after a nearly four-hour deliberation. “There are no winners in this case. Everybody loses, to some degree, and we all agreed on that.”
Corbett looked at her mother as she was being handcuffed and said, “I’m really sorry, Mom. I wish they’d just kill me.”
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