Woman Accused of Killing Husband Sues Jail For Medical Malpractice

Woman Accused of Killing Husband Sues Jail For Medical MalpracticeAn Arizona woman waiting trial for the murder of her husband is suing Maricopa County jail officials for medical malpractice, alleging that doctors failed to properly diagnose an infection in her leg, according to the Arizona Republic.

The plaintiff, Marissa DeVault, was arrested for allegedly bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer as he slept. DeVault claims that on the day of her husband's death she broke her ankle after she was attacked by a stranger while jogging. Although she had surgery to rebuild her ankle, the lawsuit said her injury was unable to heal properly as she recovered in a county jail infirmary, reported the newspaper.

DeVault said she sustained additional injuries after slipping in a jail cell, and was forced to stand on her bad leg while being searched by a guard. The paper said she was eventually hospitalized and treated for an antibiotic-resistant staph infection in the bone of her leg and now requires antiviral medication for the rest of her life.

In a previous report, the source said DeVault claimed that years of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her husband caused her to snap. DeVault said her husband sexually assaulted her directly before the January 2009 attack.