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.