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.