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Clinical psychologist diagnoses Marissa Devault as a psychopath

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A clinical psychologist who testified in the Jodi Arias trial was back in court.  This time, Dr. Janeen DeMarte was called to the stand after evaluating Marissa Devault.

Devault faces life in prison or death after killing her husband with a hammer.

The jury will start deliberating on life or death after closing arguments Tuesday morning.

On Monday, the state rested after calling Dr. DeMarte to the stand.  DeMarte diagnosed Devault as a psychopath.

Last week, Devault apologized to the jury, "I can't do anything more than say I'm sorry," telling them she's sorry for killing her husband.  "Dale's family.. my heart goes out to them.. his mother and father have had to experiences the worst loss in the world."

But on Monday, DeMarte disputed Devault's story, saying her jailhouse phone calls tell a different story.

"There was a lack of remorse.  There was a time when she was talking about the murder of Mr. Harrell and laughing about it," said DeMarte.

DeMarte also says on those jail calls, Devault didn't show remorse for her husband's family. 

"His family was wanting his remains and Ms. Devault said she refuses to release the remains unless they drop the lawsuit, which is again manipulative and also shows a lack of remorse for the family."

DeMarte diagnosed Devault with antisocial personality disorder.  She questions why Devault would ask her mother and stepfather to take custody of her daughters if she was really physically abused by her mom and sexually abused by her step dad when she was a kid.

"Ms. Devault had reported that her mother was quite abusive toward her and so was her stepfather and in jail phone calls, I heard conversations where she was asking her parents to take custody of her children.. guardianship of her children."

A clinical psychologist for the defense testified last week that he did believe Devault was physically and sexually abused as a kid.

So different opinions from different psychologists.  It'll be up to the jury to decide who they believe.

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