Trial Begins For Marissa Devault In Hammer Killing

1aHLN NEWS:  An Arizona woman is facing murder charges after her husband was found beaten to death with a hammer in their bed.

The trial of Marissa Devault is getting underway this week in Maricopa County Superior Court, and many are drawing comparisons to the Jodi Arias trial

Like Arias, Devault faces the death penalty if she’s convicted.

Her husband Dale Harrell was brutally attacked with a hammer in January 2009. He suffered severe injuries to the skull and died a month later in a hospice. Originally, Devault told police that someone else attacked her husband, but when police challenged her story, Devault claimed she killed him in a rage after years of alleged abuse at his hands.

Because of similarities between this case and that of convicted killer Jodi Arias, the judge has reportedly warned prospective jurors that he does not want Arias trial watchers on the panel.

Arizona attorney Monica Lindstrom says she expects the prosecution to put forward evidence of Devault dating another man in the months before the killing. There are also reports that prosecutors may present evidence that Devault tried to hire a hit man as well.

Jury selection in the case began last week, and opening statements are anticipated to start the first week of February. Attorneys expect the trial to end sometime in April

Source:  Article by HLN News January 27, 2014

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26 Comments for “Trial Begins For Marissa Devault In Hammer Killing”

  1. Moo (GA)

    Hi, Sal!

    Scary, indeed. I use to think FL was bad because of all the transients and transplants. Now I’m beginning to think AZ is as bad or worse. Grizzly crimes out there.

    DP opponents can say what they want, but I can’t help but think that TX justice plays somewhat of a deterrent.

  2. MsShoe16

    Hello Moo and Sal!

    “Worst part of this is that innumerable children will never have her criminal BF prosecuted for the child porno as he got immunity from prosecution for this. SAD, SAD, SAD Frown

    I agree. That pervert boyfriend is still walking the streets and who knows what he’s capable of. Maybe the police will keep an eye on him!


    Seems AZ is getting a lot of attention. But I think Florida has the most crazies in the whole country. Hear about more murders and crimes there than anywhere it seems. Maybe it has something to do with warmer climate.

  3. Moo (GA)

    Hi, Ms Shoe16!

    I know we the DA has to make deals sometimes, but this was a HUGE deal. I would venture to say that this pervert had a public defender who are not typically the cream of the crop attorneys. However, in this case I would say that PD hit paydirt on that deal.

    Hopefully, they have this guy under watch. First time he even glances at a child, I would haul his arse in. Otherwise, this county will be liable for any future crimes against children this lowlife commits because they cut this deal.

  4. ღSalღ

    AZ has a lot of transplants, too. Remember the Palin family moved there from Alaska!

    Lots of Snow Birds in AZ, FL and TX, who eventually move there permanently and procreate!

  5. Annie(OH)

    Sal, the governor here is trying to get 3 more calamity days here, for a total of 8 this year!!! We have had such a cold winter, I really wish I was a bear! Get fat, child and mother sleep all winter!
    Love, Annie

  6. ღSalღ

    Hey, Annie!
    A great excuse to get fat!!! We need our fat to keep us warm.

    AZ must have the thinnest people in the blazing hot and dry summer.

  7. Christina Helsinki

    The world has changed. Our first white snow came a week ago to Helsinki. Temperature is about -10 Celcius. But do not mind, everybody is complaining, snow or not.

  8. Mshoe16

    MN here, I’m freezing! Last night our “temperature” was -19 below, windchill about -45. Schools closed for 2 days. Tomorrow a heat wave coming, 23 above!! Woo hoo, I’m going shopping. Then it’s downhill again. Have lived here all my life and do not remember a more brutal winter.

  9. Hαґℓεƴgḯґℓ

    To bad her husband didn’t hammer her brains and her boyfriends brains out. The world would be a better place but our screwed up justice system will give her all the breaks. So happy her and stabby are girlfriends. I hope willy and ALV are not jealous! Lol! JMO. These women are sickening,

  10. I don’t think she did it, but her face in that picture gives her away :)))

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