The family of Irishman Jason Corbett, who was killed in the United States in 2015, has said that prosecutors have offered a plea deal to his killers rather than seeking a retrial.

Last month, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld a decision by a lower court to grant a retrial in the case of Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas Martens, who were convicted of murdering Mr Corbett.

The 39-year-old, who was from Limerick, was found beaten to death at his home in North Carolina in August 2015.

Jason's wife Molly and her father Thomas, a former FBI agent, were convicted of second-degree murder following a trial in 2017.

They appealed their convictions arguing that they did not get a fair trial and that the judge had excluded critical evidence in their case, which would have supported their claims that they acted in self-defence.

Molly and Thomas Martens' lawyers argued statements that Mr Corbett's children had given to social workers should have been allowed as evidence.

In February 2020, the North Carolina Court of Appeal ruled that both defendants were entitled to a new trial.

The North Carolina Supreme Court heard the case in January and upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal.

In a statement last night, Jason Corbett's sister Tracey Corbett Lynch said she and her family were "devastated" that the District Attorney for Davidson County, North Carolina had decided to offer a plea deal and not seek a retrial of Thomas and Molly Martens.

Garry Frank, the District Attorney for Davidson County, told RTÉ News that he could "neither confirm nor deny" that a plea deal is being worked on.