The Jodi Arias sentencing trial is set to begin in mid-March 2014 but in the meantime, there is the Marissa DeVault trial. Marissa DeVault is accused of killing her husband Dale Harrell by beating him to death with a hammer while he slept. She said she snapped.
She told detectives that he abused and raped her. As she was beating him in the head with a hammer, she said “you don’t own me” and continued to hit him as hard as she could and didn’t stop. Her husband survived for three weeks after the attack.
There were also accusations that her husband had been sexually abusing their daughter.
Some people have speculated that the DeVault trial might be another Jodi Arias-like case. Presiding over the case, Judge Roland Steinle warned that he didn’t want any jurors who were “Arias-trial fanatics.”
A defense expert, who was supposed to testify in the Jodi Arias case, will be testifying in the DeVault trial. The defense’s psychological experts claim that she has both battered women’s syndrome and posttraumatic stress disorder. It’s not clear which expert associated with the Jodi Arias case will testify for DeVault.
It’s rumored that DeVault had associated with Jodi Arias in jail but those rumors have yet to be confirmed.
Marissa DeVault has been charged with first-degree murder. Jury selection began Wednesday. Her trial is expected to last until April. Thus far, there’s no indication that her trial is being live-streamed or televised but if you know otherwise, let me know in the comments section.
Will you be following this trial?