PHOENIX - The Arizona woman convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer is making a tearful plea for mercy to the jury deciding whether she should live or die for the crime.
Marissa Devault broke down in tears and repeatedly lost her composure Thursday as she spoke to the jury in the penalty phase of her murder trial. She apologized to family members for the pain and suffering she has caused, and said several times that she is sorry.
She also blamed the trial for "distorting memories" of she and her husband and their family.
She apologized numerous times for hurting her husband's family and children.
"Our children will have to carry this for the rest of their lives and they're going to have to carry a dual image of the dad they loved and the mom they love who's responsible for that," said Devault.
Devault was convicted last week of first-degree murder for killing Dale Harrell, who suffered multiple skull fractures in the January 2009 attack in the couple's home in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Sentencing will begin on Monday.