Hammer-killing case: Family speaks out about Marissa Devault's victim

PHOENIX - Dale Harrell's sister and friend say the focus so far has been on Marissa Devault, his convicted killer, but that we haven't really spoken about the victim in this case.

Dale Harrell's twin sister Mindi spoke with ABC15 from Utah, sharing memories about her brother.

"Anytime he's around anybody he just made them the center of his world," Mindi Artrup said.

She was also sharing her heartache.

"I miss his smile the most.  Just the weird things he would do to make everybody laugh," she said.
ABC15 also spoke with one of Harrell's friends.  Amy Dewey knew Harrell and Marissa Devault.

"I actually met him through Marissa," Dewey said.

She said the true victim in this case was Harrell.

"It's frustrating that she's trying to paint the picture of my friend, who would not hurt anybody, as being an abuser," Dewey said.

She said Devault isolated Harrell from his family and friends.

"Love is blind," Artrup said.

When Artrup was asked if she thought Devault should get the death penalty or life in prison, this was her response.

"I've been informed that if she gets life in prison she'd be allowed visitors.  I'm not big on the death penalty because I don't want to see the kids have to go through another funeral but, on death row, she wouldn't have any visitors and she didn't give my brother an option to be able to have his family around him, so why should she?"

Jurors in the Devault case are deliberating whether she should be eligible for the death penalty.  We could have an answer as early as next week.

 

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