Jury deliberations begin at hammer-killing trial

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jurors are scheduled to begin deliberations Monday at the trial of an Arizona woman accused of fatally beating her husband with a hammer in 2009.

Attorneys at the trial of Marissa Suzanne Devault made their closing arguments on Thursday.

Devault claims she killed her husband, Dale Harrell, in self-defense and told investigators that Harrell had physically and sexually abused her in the past.   

Prosecutors contend the January 2009 attack on Harrell was premeditated.

They say Devault has given conflicting accounts of her husband's death and that people who Devault claimed had witnessed some of the past abuse didn't back up her claims.  

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

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Devault.