Marissa Devault Convicted of Murdering Husband With a Hammer

Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 02:24 PM

By Michael Mullins

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Marissa Devault was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday in an Arizona court, after she bludgeoned her husband to death with a hammer.

Prosecutors said the motive behind the 2009 murder was to collect her husband's life insurance policy, which Devault had reportedly planned to put toward a $300,000 debt she owed.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

On Wednesday, the penalty phase of the trail will begin, where the same jury that convicted Devault will decide her punishment. She could receive a life sentence in prison or the death penalty, The Associated Press reported.

The jury took five and a half days to come to a consensus on the verdict. Devault reportedly sat expressionless as she listened to the jury deliver the verdict.

Devault, a 36-year-old former stripper who met her boyfriend on a "sugar-daddy" dating website, claimed she had killed her husband, 34-year-old Dale Harrell, out of self-defense in January 2009. She said that her husband had physically and sexually abused her for years.

Harrell died nearly a month after he was attacked in his suburban Phoenix home. He had multiple skull fractures from the attack.

According to Arizona Central, during his monthlong stay in a hospice before his death, Harrell suffered a stroke, two heart attacks, and a blood clot to the lungs before eventually succumbing to a pulmonary embolism.

The prosecution's key witness was Devault's boyfriend, Allen Flores, a management consultant 20 years her senior who had loaned her more than $300,000 during their two-year relationship.

The boyfriend told authorities he feared for his own life sometimes. He testified Devault expressed her desire to either hire a hit man to kill her husband or carry out the deed herself, in which case she would tell authorities that he had tried to rape her.

Flores' testimony was attacked by Devault's attorneys, who claimed his testimony lacked credibility because it was given as part of an immunity agreement. Police found child pornography on his computer during the investigation.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Passengers Push Plane on Icy Russian Runway (With Help of a Tractor)

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 20:45 PM

Passengers on a Russian plane got off to push the aircraft to help get it on the runway after it began slipping on ice i . . .

Bernie Tiede, Convicted Murderer Mortician, to Get New Sentencing

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 17:39 PM

Bernie Tiede, the mortician who was convicted of killing his companion Marjorie Nugent in 1996, will receive a new sente . . .

Chrysler Pentastar Logo Getting Phased Out With FCA Formation

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 15:51 PM

Chrysler's iconic Pentastar logo is being phased out as the company introduces a new logo in keeping with the newly form . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved