BELFAST – Audio and video recordings taken by Maine State Police shortly after 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy died were played Tuesday at the murder trial of her mother, Sharon Carrillo.
In the video walkthrough of the Stockton Springs condo where the family was staying on Feb. 25, 2018, the investigator asked Carrillo, “Where was it you would do the beatings?”
“Right around, around here,” Carrillo said, pointing to a tiled spot on the floor.
“If I’m her, if I’m kneeled down here like this, where would you stand and hit me?” the investigator asked.
“Right here,” Carrillo said moving to the left of the detective.
Carrillo is charged with murder in the beating death of Kennedy, the oldest of her four children. The medical examiner determined the elementary school student died of battered child syndrome after months of daily beatings.
In the second audio interview with detectives, Carrillo can be heard saying her daughter “would scream, not cry” when beaten.
She said the daily beatings went on for “three or four months” and that “hitting her in the stomach” probably killed the girl.
Carrillo also could be heard on the recordings saying, “I should have stopped. I should have stopped.”
The defense is arguing that Carrillo’s statements to police were not voluntary because she was the victim of domestic violence and was “controlled” by her husband.
Julio Carrillo admitted his role in the death of his stepdaughter earlier this year and is currently serving a 55-year prison sentence for murder.
The Tuesday afternoon testimony consisted of experts from the state police crime lab and the medical examiner’s office. They collected and tested items taken from the Stockton Springs condo where the family was living on the day Kennedy died.
“There was blood located on Julio Carrillo’s pants that he was wearing on the day Marissa Kennedy died, and some of Marissa Kennedy’s DNA at least on the shirt that he was wearing but no blood was located at all on Sharon Carrillo’s clothing,” Laura Shaw, who along with Chris MacLean, are representing Sharon Carrillo, said during the afternoon break. “That’s really important because it confirms that Julio Carrillo was acting alone.”
The evidence also puts a male’s DNA in the genitals of the little girl.
“This certainly suggests that there was something going on as far as sexual assault of Marissa Kennedy,” Shaw said.