Three of the jurors who found former FBI agent Thomas Martens and his daughter Molly Corbett guilty of murdering her husband Wednesday told ABC News “20/20” they believe the father-daughter’s self-defense story was a cover-up.
“The evidence to me did not suggest that the story that was fabricated ever occurred,” juror Miriam Figueroa said. “There was no doubt in my mind that I made and my fellow jurors made the right choice.”
Watch the exclusive interviews with Molly Corbett and Thomas Martens on ABC News “20/20” this Friday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. ET
Martens and Corbett were found guilty of second-degree murder. Both received the same sentence of a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of 25 years. They said they plan to appeal.
Prosecutors claimed Martens, a 31-year veteran of the FBI, and his daughter, Molly Corbett, had brutally murdered Corbett’s 39-year-old husband, Jason Corbett. Experts testified that the physical evidence, in particular the blood spatter patterns, proved Corbett suffered fatal blows to the head after he was already down.
Martens and Molly Corbett claimed Jason Corbett was choking her on the night of Aug. 2, 2015, when Martens intervened and hit him with a baseball bat. Martens testified that Molly told him she also struck Jason with a paving stone that was on her nightstand, though Martens claims he didn’t see it happen. They both said they were convinced Jason was trying to kill her and they were defending themselves and each other against him.
The medical examiner’s report said Jason Corbett was hit at least 10 times and the cause of death was ruled blunt force trauma.
“To me, the choking did not occur,” Figueroa said. Jury foreman Tom Aamland and another juror, Nancy Perez, agreed.
“Once you hit a certain point and you do not stop, manslaughter or self-defense goes off the table,” Figueroa said. “Once that point was matched where you could have stopped then and there, once the person was no…