A Phoenix woman was convicted of first-degree murder this week for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in 2009. A Maricopa County Jury convicted Marissa DeVault (36) yesterday of killing Dale Harrell and now must determine whether “aggravating factors” support the death penalty. The state alleged she murdered her husband so she could collect a $300,000 insurance policy; her ex-boyfriend, Allen Flores, testified for the state and provided key evidence against her including her stated predisposition to have her husband killed. The jury rejected DeVault’s self-defense claim. Harrell died in a hospice from injuries sustained during the assault nearly a month after the attack.
Update: DeVault was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.