Marissa DeVault, Maricopa County - Death sentence sought in hammer death case

Started by Michael, April 20, 2009, 08:55:41 AM

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Maricopa County prosecutors on Thursday filed papers to seek the death penalty against a Gilbert woman accused of beating her husband to death with a hammer, according to court documents.

Marissa DeVault, 31, was indicted on first-degree murder charges in the beating death of her husband in February.

Gilbert Police said he was attacked as he slept in their home Jan. 14.

Dale Harrell, 34, died Feb. 9 as a result of his injuries.

Police say DeVault admitted beating her husband in the head with a hammer in the couple's bedroom while her three children, aged 6, 8 and 13, slept in another part of their home on Maplewood Street in southeast Gilbert.

Jeffery Kerschen said DeVault lived in a "dream world," according to police.

Police say Kelly Kerschen said DeVault lied about a $20 million inheritance from her stepfather's death, and about a man police say was DeVault's lover. DeVault introduced that man to friends as her stepfather's former lover.

Police say the boyfriend was Allen Flores, whose home police searched twice.

Reports do not say what, if anything, was found.

The search warrants, executed on Feb. 20 and Feb. 28, resulted in the seizure of about 40 items belonging to Flores. Item descriptions were redacted from the police report.

But Flores is not the only man in DeVault's life who has been part of the investigation into the alleged murder.

Stanley Cook Jr., 31, told police and later The Republic that he beat Harrell because Harrell had become violent with DeVault.

Gilbert police said there was no evidence linking him to the crime.

Then one day after she was initially arrested and allowed free on bail, DeVault was found beaten about 3 a.m. off a road near her home, according to a police report.

DeVault suffered a broken jaw and ankle and was transported to a hospital. She said she didn't know who beat her.

When police initially investigated the assault, they seized Cook's clothes, which were covered in blood and mud. He later confessed to the beating, one of the new details in the report, but police did not arrest him.

Police spokesman Lt. Eric Shuhandler said last month he could not say why Cook was not arrested after confessing beating DeVault, but said probable cause was necessary to make an arrest.
I´m not sure if there´s a hell, but I believe in executed murderers.


darn that is cold !
Justice is not about bringing back the dead. It is not about revenge either. Justice is about enforcing consequences for one's own actions to endorse personal responsibility. We cannot expect anyone to take responsibility for their own actions if these consequences are not enforced in full.

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