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Jurors mull whether Ariz. woman warrants execution

PHOENIX — Jurors who convicted an Arizona woman of fatally beating her husband with a hammer are scheduled to resume deliberations Monday over whether she warrants the death penalty.

The jury at the trial of Marissa Devault (dev-WAH’) has already spent two days considering whether there were “aggravating factors” that would make her eligible for execution for the 2009 death of Dale Harrell.

If such factors are found, jurors will decide whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or to death.

But if those factors aren’t found, a judge will sentence Devault to either the rest of her life in prison or life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.

Prosecutors say the attack was premeditated.

Devault claims she acted in self-defense against an abusive husband.


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