BELFAST – A judge will soon decide whether a couple accused of murder in the beating death of a 10-year-old girl in Stockton Springs last year will each get their own trial.
The attorney for accused murderer Sharon Carrillo says her client was abused by her co-defendant and husband, Julio Carrillo, and that is why she is asking for a separate trial.
“We expect Sharon Carrillo’s defense to focus primarily on the abuse that Julio inflicted on both her and her daughter,” said Laura Shaw, who is representing Sharon Carrillo.
They are charged with murder in the brutal beating death of her 10-year-old daughter Marissa Kennedy. She died in February of last year. The state is asking for the two to be tried together, with two juries.
“A lot of that evidence isn’t going to be admissible against Julio Carrillo in his trial, so it would be very inefficient because one jury would be getting up and leaving the courtroom every time that evidence was presented,” Shaw said outside of the Waldo County Judicial Center in Belfast.
“The second argument is that there is prejudice because the defenses are mutually antagonistic,” Shaw added. “What that means is that Sharon Carrillo is blaming Julio for the death of her daughter and Julio is blaming Sharon for the death of Marissa Kennedy.”
“Even if this court were to determine that there should be a separation of that type of information at Julio Carrillo’s trial, that can be done. It’s been done in the past,” said Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea.
The prosecutor listed a number of duel murder trials where defense attorney’s argued for separation based on defendants blaming each other.
“The law court has said that is not enough to warrant severance,” Zainea said.
The attorney for Julio Carrillo did not argue in support or against joining the trials.
“This was Sharon Carrillo’s show, and you guys will just have to wait and see what we have coming,” said Darrick Banda, attorney for Julio Carrillo.
Sharon Carrillo’s parents and another woman were in the courtroom for the hearing, but declined to comment.
The Carrillos are scheduled to return to court in the first week of May for a suppression hearing.