Jodi Arias Trial News Update: New Arizona Murder Case is Eerily Similar to the Arias Case
- Selena Hill
- Jan 27, 2014 06:59 PM EST
An upcoming trial in Arizona bears a striking resemblance to the infamous Jodi Arias case.
Arias, a 33-year-old California native, was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8 in the ghastly 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix, Ariz. home. However, the same jury that found her guilty failed to reach a unanimous decision on her sentencing. As a result, a retrial will be held later this year to determine whether she should be sentenced to death, life in prison or life with a chance of release after serving 25 years.
Like Arias, 36-year-old Marissa Devault is awaiting trial for the brutal murder of her husband at the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona. She claims that after she caught her husband, Dale Harrell, sexually abusing their daughter that she bashed his head in with a hammer while he slept in January 2009. She is also claiming that he abused her and turned on her and that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, reports Gather.
However, blood stain patterns show that she was not in bed with her husband and that she was actually wielding the hammer, while swinging it back over her head repeatedly. She later confessed that she killed during a fit of rage after she was sexually assaulted by him.
The case, which the Arizona Republic called "the new big, salacious Arizona trial after the Jodi Arias case," includes a number of twists, including the fact that Devault was dating a man for two years, prior to the murder.
Devault's secret boyfriend, was granted full immunity from possessing child pornography in exchange for testifying in the case.
Furthermore, Devault is described as "petite and pretty, like Arias, with glasses and wavy auburn hair that reaches well down the middle of her back."
Judge Roland Steinle made a remark about Arias-trial "fanatics," saying that "if they were addicted to Jodi Arias" then they shouldn't apply as jurors. The prosecution will also use the same expert that was used to counter Arias' claims of PTSD.
To make matters even more eerie, Devault and Arias are reportedly friends in jail.