No verdict yet in Gilbert hammer-killing trial

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jurors will resume deliberations Tuesday morning in the trial of an Arizona woman accused of fatally beating her husband with a hammer in 2009.

The Maricopa County Superior Court jury went home Monday after their fifth day of deliberations.

Marissa Suzanne Devault (dev-WAH') claims she killed her husband in self-defense at their Gilbert home.

The 36-year-old Devault told investigators that Dale Harrell had physically and sexually abused her in the past.

Prosecutors contend the January 2009 attack on Harrell was premeditated and they're seeking the death penalty.

They say Devault gave conflicting accounts of her husband's death and people who reportedly 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 head injuries.

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