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Saturday 16 December 2017

No showers or tooth brush and Molly's hair chopped in prison hell

Molly Martens on the night of Jason Corbett’s murder
Molly Martens on the night of Jason Corbett’s murder

The brother of convicted murderer Molly Martens has claimed she has been stripped of all dignity in a high-security US prison.

Connor Martens posted details of his sister's regime, as well as a photograph taken of her just weeks before her murder conviction, as part of his family's campaign to have her conviction quashed and the case retried.

He claimed that Martens' hair has been dyed and cut against her will behind bars.

He also claimed that she was prevented from showering and brushing her teeth when she first entered prison.

Appeal

The post was on a GoGetFunding page set up by her aunt, Mona Earnest, which aims to raise funds to support the appeal and legal costs of the young Tennessee woman and her father, retired FBI agent Thomas Martens (67).

Martens (33) is three weeks into a minimum 20-year sentence for the second-degree murder of her husband, Irish businessman Jason Corbett (39).

Mr Corbett was battered to death in the bedroom of his North Carolina home on August 2, 2015.

He died from horrific head injuries inflicted by a metal baseball bat and a concrete paving brick.

His skull was effectively crushed by at least 12 blows.

Thomas Martens was also convicted by a Davidson County jury on August 9 of the second-degree murder of the Limerick father-of-two.

The father and daughter claimed they acted only in self-defence, but both were totally uninjured at the scene.

Both confirmed on the day of their convictions that they would appeal.

Their legal teams have now flagged twin-tracked challenges - an appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeal and an application to Davidson County Superior Court for the conviction to be set aside and a retrial ordered on the basis of alleged juror misconduct.

Now, Connor Martens has posted details of how his sister has allegedly been treated in the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women since she was taken into custody on August 9.

"This picture was taken a month before the trial at a wedding I took Molly," Connor Martens wrote.

"As you can imagine, it was difficult to escape the anxiety of 12 strangers determining your life, but we never could have imagined what has happened.

"Upon entering prison on August 9, she was not given shower shoes or a toothbrush for the first nine days.

"This prevented her from showering and obviously brushing her teeth.

"There is no air conditioning. Over 15 people have passed out in her short time there.

"There are no activities. On rare occasions, she gets to go outside, only to be reprimanded for walking too fast in her attempt to get exercise.

"Her hair has been dyed and cut against her will, stripping her of any external dignity she may have had left.

"With all of that said, this post isn't about the conditions of the North Carolina Correctional Facility.

"It isn't just about domestic abuse.

"It isn't about the ineptitude of a rural county investigation or the prosecution preventing evidence from being presented.

Mockery

"It isn't even about whether they're guilty or innocent. At this point, it is about every American and their right to a fair trial. The jury has gone before a national audience and made a mockery of our judicial system."

Connor Martens levelled serious concerns about the conviction and the post-trial comments by jurors.

Both the Martens and Earnest families have vowed to fight to have the convictions overturned, with Michael Earnest describing the unanimous guilty verdicts as "the most atrocious miscarriage of justice I have ever been a part of".

Connor Martens urged every US citizen to read his post, saying: "This isn't just about my family."

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