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No verdict yet in Gilbert hammer-killing trial

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Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 5:15 pm

Jurors will resume deliberations Wednesday morning in the trial of an Arizona woman accused of fatally beating her husband with a hammer in 2009.

The Maricopa County Superior Court jury began deliberating Monday.

Marissa Suzanne Devault claims she killed her husband in self-defense at their Gilbert home.

She told investigators that Dale Harrell had physically and sexually abused her in the past.

Prosecutors contend the January 2009 attack on Harrell was premeditated.

They say the 36-year-old Devault has given conflicting accounts of her husband's death and that people who the woman claimed had witnessed some of the past abuse didn't back up her claims.

Harrell died at a hospice nearly a month after the attack of complications from his head injuries.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Devault.

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