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Woman convicted in hammer beating speaks to jury

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Woman convicted in hammer beating speaks to jury

By Associated Press. CREATED Apr 17, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona woman convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer is making a tearful plea for mercy to the jury deciding whether she should live or die for the crime.

Marissa Devault broke down in tears and repeatedly lost her composure Thursday as she spoke to the jury in the penalty phase of her murder trial. She apologized to family members for the pain and suffering she has caused, and said several times that she is sorry.

Devault was convicted last week of first-degree murder for killing Dale Harrell, who suffered multiple skull fractures in the January 2009 attack in the couple's home in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.