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Deliberations to resume today at Devault's trial

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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:45 am

Jurors who convicted a Gilbert woman of fatally beating her husband with a hammer are scheduled to resume deliberations this afternoon over whether she should spend the rest of her life in prison or be sentenced to death.

So far, the jury has spent a total of a day-and-a-half considering punishments for 36-year-old Marissa Devault.

Earlier this month, 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 to repay more than $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.

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

Harrell died nearly a month after the attack.

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