Showing posts from May 4, 2014

Na Cola Franklin denied new trial in wedding day killing of fiance

Na Cola Franklin denied new trial in wedding day killing of fiance | Regional: Lehigh Valley - Home

Na Cola Franklin is the PA woman who stabbed herfinae to death the day of their wedding. She claims he was drunk, unruly and threatening to leave and take their baby.

She was tried, found guilty and sentenced to life. She recently asked for a new trial and was denied. Her lawyers believe third degree murder would have been a more appropriate charge.

Marissa Devault - Arizona

Marissa Devault Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murdering Husband With Hammer

PHOENIX (AP) — A jury on Wednesday spared the life of an Arizona woman convicted of beating her husband to death with a hammer, sentencing her to life in prison instead of the death penalty.

The decision in the penalty phase of Marissa Devault's trial comes after the jury deliberated for about three days since April 22. Devault nodded when jurors were polled about their decision, and she hugged her attorneys before leaving the courtroom smiling.

"We're happy with the decision they made, thank God," defense attorney Andrew Anderson Clemency said outside the courthouse. "They made a decision to spare a life."

A judge scheduled a June 6 hearing where he will formally impose the sentence and decide whether she can be eligible for early release after 25 years.

Devault was convicted April 8 of first-degree murder in the 2009 slaying of Dale Harrell. Prosecutors say Devault killed Harrel…