UPDATE: ARIZONA JURY SPARES “HAMMER-KILLER” THE DEATH PENALTY

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The jury in the penalty phase of the Marissa Devault murder case in Arizona decided on a life sentence as opposed to the death penalty late Wednesday; a hearing has been set for June 6th where the formal sentence will be handed down. It is possible for Devault to receive a sentence where she would be eligible for release after serving 25 years. She was convicted on April 6th this month for the murder of her husband Dale Harrell back in 2009 while using a hammer. Devault personally addressed the jury as did her three daughters. She had claimed that she had been abused by her husband in the past and prosecutors presented witnesses who cast doubt on this claim; at least one of her daughters testified that she had been abused.

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