Marissa DeVault

Marissa DeVault gets life term for hammer killing

devault3-smallPHOENIX (AP) — A jury has sentenced an Arizona woman to life in prison for beating her husband to death with a hammer, sparing her from the death penalty.

The decision Wednesday in the penalty phase of Marissa Devault’s (dev-WAH’) trial comes after the jury deliberated for about three days since April 22.

The same jury that convicted her of first-degree murder April 8 could have sent her to death row for the January 2009 slaying of Dale Harrell.

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

Devault says she killed him in self-defense and claims he had physically and sexually abused her in the past.

Harrell died nearly a month after the attack of complications from his head injuries.

Source: AP

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