The Hammer Killer
By: Damon Flueck
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Marissa DeVault, 36, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dale Harrell, her husband. Prosecutors want to send her to death row for the 2009 killing. Harrell was beaten over the head with a hammer while he was sleeping in his Gilbert home. He later died from his injuries. DeVault does not deny the killing. She claims it was in self-defense. Prosecutors say she did it to collect on an insurance policy she had taken out on her husband.