Marissa Devaul Murder Case

By: Valeria and Makena

Evidence and Explanation

When police responded to DeVault's 911 call at 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2009, they found her hysterical and covered with blood outside the Gilbert home she shared with Harrell, the children and DeVault's friend, Stan Cook. Harrell, 34, was upstairs on the floor next to his blood-soaked bed, writhing and thrashing, with the right side of his face and head caved in. Cook, had apparently taken the hammer away from her. Harrell died three weeks later. Police coaxed a confession out of DeVault on the morning of the attack. She claimed that she killed Harrell in self-defense because he had raped and choked her and had abused her for years. Her trial began in early February in Maricopa County Superior Court. DeVault claimed that Harrell was abusive and that she killed him in self-defense.

When relating to the blood spatter analysis videos, you can see in some of the pictures that the splatters were from a hard impact because they have the little tail shape at the end.

Our Opinion

At first I thought that Marissa was lying about her hitting him out of self defense, because she didn't mention in her first interrogation, she brought it up until she was told what evidence was found. After reading the article about her assumed sex assault, everything she says happened seems too detailed to not be true. There were several flaws in her marriage and alibis had said her husband was violent with her. I do believe Miranda hurt her husband out of rage for what he did to her.