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    AZ - Dale Harrell, 34, beaten to death, Gilbert, 14 Jan 2009 #1

    Gilbert murder trial jury screening begins this week.
    By Michael KieferThe Republic
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    Jan 22, 2014 10:39 AM

    Marissa Devault crushed her husbandís skull with a hammer.

    She said that she caught him sexually abusing their daughter and that he turned on her, choking her and raping her.

    Prosecutors say she killed Dale Harrell in his sleep in their home in Gilbert in January 2009; they want her sentenced to death.

    More at link.....


    http://www.azcentral.com/community/g...this-week.html

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    they have a good judge on this case - good reputation.

    I followed this story and have some strong opinions. I am interested to see how this plays out. Thaks for posting LambChop!

    Interesting to note that Marissa and the Arias woman may be cellmates right now. At the least, they seem to know each other in the slammer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzPistonsGirl View Post
    they have a good judge on this case - good reputation.

    I followed this story and have some strong opinions. I am interested to see how this plays out. Thaks for posting LambChop!

    Interesting to note that Marissa and the Arias woman may be cellmates right now. At the least, they seem to know each other in the slammer.
    JA is in solitary but they may be in the same block but I don't think they would be in the same cell. One or the other would be dead by now.

    Wow. This woman lets her husband back in who she claims is abusing her and takes up with a boyfriend who is a pedophile. Gee how ironic that JA had the same problem with her ex. JMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by LambChop View Post
    JA is in solitary but they may be in the same block but I don't think they would be in the same cell. One or the other would be dead by now.

    Wow. This woman lets her husband back in who she claims is abusing her and takes up with a boyfriend who is a pedophile. Gee how ironic that JA had the same problem with her ex. JMO
    OMGosh! Wonder if this is where Arias got her story from?


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    ETA: Maybe the insinuation is that she and Arias may have been cellmates at some point? I don't know why it was even in the article... except for what Fran is picking up. OMG YIKES!!! wow, fran, you may be onto something.

    I remember this case stunk from the get-go.
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    Gilbert woman: Years of abuse led to fatal hammer attack
    by Nathan Gonzalez - Mar. 6, 2010 07:00 AM
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    http://www.azcentral.com/community/g...mer-death.html
    Last edited by LambChop; 01-22-2014 at 08:45 PM. Reason: Links gone wild.....

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    There is a FB message from a former inmate of Estrella describing what good friends Marissa "Reese" Devault and CMJA were...that JA seemed almost obsessed with Reese.

    I try to keep in mind that anyone can post on FB. Still, this person seemed to have fairly good detailed information about that relationship.

    If you google search the Web for "jodi arias" and Devault, the FB link should pop up. Take a look at the whole thread.

    Again, it's FB, so who knows if this source is reliable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fran View Post
    OMGosh! Wonder if this is where Arias got her story from?


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    I know. Interesting case to follow. I guess they are picking a jury now. What timing for the Arias trial if all this comes out. Well, I'm sure the locals are aware of her story. Now we know why defense wanted those delays. This case puts domestic violence in the forefront. Although it sounds as if she may have suffered from abuse she leaves a lot to be desired as a Mom from what I've read so far. jmo

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    Quote Originally Posted by LambChop View Post
    I know. Interesting case to follow. I guess they are picking a jury now. What timing for the Arias trial if all this comes out. Well, I'm sure the locals are aware of her story. Now we know why defense wanted those delays. This case puts domestic violence in the forefront. Although it sounds as if she may have suffered from abuse she leaves a lot to be desired as a Mom from what I've read so far. jmo
    There seems to be a lot of conflicting information in the media. I plan on waiting for the trial before forming any opinions...the way I did with the Arias trial. I watched it after the fact on YouTube. Do we know whether this will be an option in the DeVault trial?

    ETA: Might these trials overlap?!

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    From the article LambChop linked:

    "Devault’s psychological experts claim she has battered woman syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. The prosecution tried to block that defense and will use the same expert they used to counter Arias’ claims of PTSD. Devault’s defense attorneys will use an expert who was supposed to testify for Arias."

    Is the former a reference to DeMarte and the latter a reference to Karp?


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    Quote Originally Posted by janx View Post
    From the article LambChop linked:

    "Devaultís psychological experts claim she has battered woman syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. The prosecution tried to block that defense and will use the same expert they used to counter Ariasí claims of PTSD. Devaultís defense attorneys will use an expert who was supposed to testify for Arias."

    Is the former a reference to DeMarte and the latter a reference to Karp?
    I would think it would be Karp. DeMarte testified for the State. Karp is the only one who examined JA and did not testify. jmo

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    Here is another article:


    Trial begins for Ariz. woman in hammer killing
    Posted: Jan 22, 2014 2:25 PM EST
    Updated: Jan 22, 2014 2:25 PM EST

    By JACQUES BILLEAUD
    Associated Press

    This short article claims Marissa has given conflicting statements and her witnesses failed to back up her claims.

    http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/2...hammer-killing

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    gee, she's been incredibly unlucky - married a wife abuser and child molester and was having a secret affair with a child pornographer

    then she was SO afraid of the husband that she had to murder him while he was asleep and while she had a 'friend' over, then persuade her 'friend' to take the blame because it would make absolutely no sense to take the opportunity to leave with the kids and friend while hubby was sleeping ... no, let's not do that - let's kill him instead, yeah, that's the ticket

    [the above contains sarcasm, of the dripping variety]

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    This statement really got to me. Along with her boyfriend who was a pedophile. This is certainly a trial we may want to follow.


    "Devault moved with her daughter to her parent's Lake Havasu home. She threatened divorce, but returned a month later after he reluctantly agreed to attend counseling on the condition she carried her pregnancy to full-term.

    'I wasn't going to have (my daughter) because if I was gonna, you know, be alone again, I did not need another kid,' she told the detective. "

    http://www.azcentral.com/community/g...mer-death.html

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    Anyone remember why Dr. Karp dropped out of the JA case? Wasn't it DeMarte that said JA had reported to Karp many more instances of abuse by TA than to the others who examined her? Could it be that the abusive episodes that JA was describing were remarkably similar to the ones that MD was telling Dr. Karp? Provided it was Dr. Karp who also examined MD. Wow. If that is the case no wonder defense would not call Dr. Karp. lol

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