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During the more than 5 hours of interrogation video shown to jurors, "odd" is the best way to describe Marissa Devault's demeanor. She laughs at times and even engages in profanity-laden "girl" talk with the female detective.

This interrogation happened just hours after Marissa Devault's husband, Dale Harrell, was found bludgeoned with a hammer. In the interview, she blamed the hammer attack on her roommate Stanley Cook. Devault's story begins with her restelessness that night.

"I kept getting up and down and up and down. I'd go talk to Stan, like dude, I have a problem, I can't freakin sleep. I've got issues. And then I would have another cigarette and go back in the [bed]room," Devault says on the recording.

Devault said she was finally able to fall asleep.

"I wake up to dale between my legs, my pants are around my feet...he's on top of me," devault said as she explained further.

Seeming flighty, and between long, awkard pauses and a chuckle, she tells the detective she blacked out. And when she woke up, "...the next thing I see is....I see the hammer go into Dale's head, and I kinda jumped over. I moved myself over and Dale's still got his hands on me. They're not as tight but they're not letting go either," she explained.

She claims Cook was there with a hammer in his right hand. Devault said she ran out of the room, called 911, then returned to her bedroom, all while covered in blood.

"I looked over at Dale and I freaked. I freaked. I just lost it. I just lost it and Stan turned and grabbed me and asked, "Are you okay? Are you okay?" And I guess I wasn't paying attention to answer him, and I said, just slap me harder...and then he slapped me," Devault said.

Devault later admitted she hit her husband in the head but it was self defense, because she was a victim of abuse. Prosecutors continue to lay out their case that Devault killed her husband to collect insurance money.

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