Opening Statements in St. v. Marissa Devault

Today I was in the courtroom for the opening statements in the State v. Marissa Devault case.  This is a death penalty case in Maricopa County.  The State is alleging Devault murdered her husband by attacking him, while he slept, in the head with a hammer.  She did this for the money she would receive from two life insurance policies, one that was older and a very new one. You see, prior to the murder she had a relationship with a man who loaned her almost $300,000.00 and she needed to repay him.  That is what the State is alleging is Devault’s motive for killing her husband.

The openings did not blow me away with brilliance; however, each attorney did a good job of laying out the basics of their arguments.  Opening statements are supposed to be an outline of what the evidence will show so I did not expect them to be anything more than that.  I have inserted a short account of what happened in the statements and my thoughts on them above.

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Monica K. Lindstrom
Monica has had a diverse and successful legal career, which has led her to focus her practice on mediation. She has made the shift from zealously advocating for her clients to compassionately helping others resolve their disputes.

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