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Penalty-phase deliberations to resume at Arizona hammer-killer’s trial

PHOENIX — Jurors who convicted an Arizona woman of killing her
husband with a hammer are scheduled to resume penalty-phase deliberations Tuesday afternoon.

So far, the jury has spent a day-and-a-half considering punishments — spend the rest of her life in prison or be sentenced to
death — for 36-year-old Marissa Devault.

Earlier this month, Devault was convicted in the January 2009 killing of Dale
Harrell in Gilbert.

Prosecutors said Devault killed Harrell in a failed bid to collect on a life
insurance policy to repay more than $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.

Devault said she killed Harrell in self-defense and claimed he had physically
and sexually abused her in the past.

Harrell died nearly a month after the attack.


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