BELFAST – State prosecutors and the defense team for a Maine woman accused of beating her daughter to death spent Wednesday in court preparing for next week’s trial.
Accused murderer Sharon Carrillo, 35, is charged in the February 2018 death of her 10-year-old daughter, Marissa Kennedy.
There are 149 potential witnesses for her trial.
“All of the prospective jurors have to indicate whether they know or are related to any of these witnesses and things of that nature,” said Christopher MacLean, who along with Laura Shaw, is representing Carrillo. “They need to be screened to be sure they don’t know too much about the case and don”t have preconceived ideas about what the outcome of the case should be.”
The defense team is expected to argue that Carrillo and her daughter were the victims of domestic violence at the hands of her husband, Julio Carrillo.
He was given a 55-year prison sentence earlier this year for the girl’s murder.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday and the trial is expected to start Thursday at the Waldo Judicial Center in Belfast.
With so many witnesses, the trial is expected to last until Dec. 18.