Deliberations to resume Tuesday in hammer killing case

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 9:57 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume Tuesday afternoon over whether an Arizona woman convicted of fatally beating her husband with a hammer should spend the rest of her life in prison or be sentenced to death.

Jurors were scheduled to continue deliberations Monday at the trial of 36-year-old Marissa Devault, but a court spokesman says those plans were called off and the jury will instead meet again Tuesday.

So far, the jury has spent a total of a day-and-a-half considering Devault's punishment.

Devault was convicted in the January 2009 killing of Dale Harrell.

Prosecutors say Devault killed Harrell in a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy.

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

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