LEXINGTON, N.C. — A domestic homicide investigation in Davidson County has now led to a custody battle garnering international attention.
Custody hearings began Friday to determine who will be the guardians of the two children of Jason Corbett, who was killed in a domestic homicide in his home in Winston-Salem on Aug. 2.
Sheriff’s deputies have not made any arrests but also said they are not looking for anyone outside the home.
The two children are currently under the care of their stepmother, Jason’s widow, Molly Corbett. The children’s biological mother died several years prior.
The case has gotten so much interest in Ireland that a reporter from the Irish Daily Mail flew to Lexington to attend the court proceedings.
“The kids are Irish citizens,” reporter Catherine Fegan said. “People of the country feel a duty to those children. The father’s dead. Their biological mother’s dead. People are very anxious to see them with their rightful family in Ireland.”
Molly Corbett’s attorney, David Freedman, said Molly should be allowed to keep the children.
“I believe that it’s in the best interest of the children that they remain with the mother they’ve known for the past eight years,” he said. “To maintain the status quo, she’s provided for them well. She loves them and they love her.”
But the family of Jason Corbett from Ireland is also fighting for custody. Attorneys say Molly Corbett does not have legal guardianship, as she never formally adopted the children.
Custody hearings will continue next week.