Marissa Devault trial update: Jury weighs whether woman warrants execution

PHOENIX - Jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations Monday on whether an Arizona woman convicted of fatally beating her husband with a hammer qualifies for the death penalty.

The jury has already spent two days considering whether there were "aggravating factors" that would make Marissa Devault eligible for execution in Dale Harrell's death in 2009.

If such factors are found, jurors will decide whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or death.

But if those factors aren't found, a judge will sentence Devault to the rest of her life in prison or life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.

Prosecutors say Devault killed Harrell in an unsuccessful attempt to collect on life insurance money.

Devault says she acted in self-defense against an abusive husband.

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