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Tearful apology from AZ woman convicted in hammer murder

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

With her life on the line, convicted killer Marissa Devault pleaded with jurors Thursday to spare her from the death penalty.

"I'm really sorry, not only for my actions, but for everyone I hurt," said Devault inside a Maricopa County courtroom. "People I don't even know will be haunted by this day."

Devault spoke to the Superior Court jury for about 10 minutes, apologizing over and over again Thursday.

She made a point to signal out the victim's family.

"My heart goes out to them," said Devault. "His mother and father have had to experience the  worst loss in the world - the loss of a child. I know there is nothing I can say that will ever ease their pain."

Devault was convicted last week of first-degree murder, in connection with the death of her husband.

Harrell died from multiple skull fractures in January 2009, after his wife bludgeoned him with a hammer in their Gilbert home.

Devault claimed she killed her husband in self-defense after years of physical and sexual abuse, but the jury didn't buy it.

Prosecutors argued that Devault committed the crime to collect on an insurance policy.

Jurors determined that Devault qualified for the death penalty because of the especially cruel manner in which the murder took place.

A number of times, Devault broke down and lost her composure Thursday, as she addressed the court and took responsibility for her actions.

"I truly regret what happened and I wish I could fix it," said Devault. "Sorry. Sorry."

The penalty phase of the trial will start up again on Monday

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