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Phoenix jury to resume penalty-phase deliberations in hammer-killing trial

PHOENIX — A jury in Phoenix will resume deliberations in the penalty phase
in the trial of an Arizona woman convicted of beating her husband to death with a hammer.

Jurors in Maricopa County Superior Court will continue deliberating Monday
whether to sentence 36-year-old Marissa Devault to life in prison
or death.

The jury so far has spent a total of a day-and-a-half considering what penalty
to impose since hearing closing arguments Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Devault should get the death penalty because she has shown no
genuine remorse in the case.

Her defense attorneys said their client was raised by an emotionally abusive
mother and was sexually abused as a child by a relative.

Devault was convicted in the January 2009 killing of Dale Harrell to collect on
a life insurance policy.


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