Jury reaches verdict in Marissa Devault sentencing - New York News

Woman gets life in prison in hammer-killing trial

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PHOENIX - She was convicted of first degree murder for beating her husband to death with a hammer.

On Wednesday, a jury decided whether or not Marissa Devault should face the death penalty for the crime.

For days, we've been wondering what the jury would decide -- life in prison or death for Devault.  

All 12 decided on life.

Devault smiled for a split second just after the verdict was read.

She won't be sentenced to death for killing her husband with a hammer back in 2009.

"She's relieved," said Devault's attorney, Andrew Clemency.  "We're grateful that the jury reached that conclusion at this point."

Clemency says their fight isn't over.  A judge will now decide if Devault should spend the rest of her life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years.

"Justice is served.. as far as I'm concerned, she hopefully will get life and never be released," said Amy Dewey, a friend of the victim.

Dewey used to live with Devault and her husband Dale Harrell.  She doesn't believe Devault killed her husband in self-defense.

"She's cold, calculating, manipulating and abusive and feel sorry for her, I really do."

The jury deliberated for about three days before making their decision.  A week ago, Devault read a statement to them where she apologized for killing her husband and apologized to everyone she hurt.

"I don't believe in an eye for an eye. I like to think that maybe she will sit around for the rest of her life and really think about what she did and the victims she created out of this," said Dewey.

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