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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- The trial continues for a woman charged with first degree murder. Marissa DeVault is accused of striking her husband with a hammer while he was sleeping.

We want to warn you that some of the pictures are graphic.  It was a gory day for the jury Monday as they saw crime scene photos taken right after the attack.

Blood spatter all over the walls and the bloody hammer used in the attack -- DeVault wouldn't look at the photos shown to the jury.

One of the first officers on the scene described DeVault as hysterical when he first got there.

"On the verge of hyperventilating," said Officer Clint Cobbett of the Gilbert Police Department.

He took DeVault to a hospital, where doctors examined her after she said her husband had choked and raped her that night.

"I did note some reddening.. just a slight bit of reddening on her neck," he said.

He may have noticed a little redness, but pictures he took that night show no bruises, marks or scratches on her neck.  DeVault's fingernails weren't broken either.

Prosecutors say she attacked her husband with a hammer -- hitting him on the head over and over again while he slept -- to cash in on his million dollar life insurance policy.

Defense attorneys say the bloody hammer proves it was self-defense.  They say if DeVault had planned the attack, she would have shot her husband with a gun found inside the house instead of hitting him with a hammer.  The loaded gun inside the house was passed around for the jury to see.

 

 

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