BELFAST – The disturbing images that prosecutors and the defense warned jurors about at the beginning of the Sharon Carrillo murder trial were shown Wednesday in court.
One showed a very bruised and bloody 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy kneeling nude with her hands above her head.
Another showed the girl in the same position with her mother — nude and pregnant – also holding her arms above her head and kneeling behind her.
“What you see depicted on these videos is Julio Carrillo’s physical and psychological abuse of not only Marissa Kennedy but of Sharon Carrillo as well,” attorney Chris MacLean, who is representing Carrillo with Laura Shaw, said during opening arguments last week.
Sharon and Julio Carrillo were both charged with murder in the death of Kennedy, her daughter. He admitted his role in his stepdaughter’s death earlier this year and is serving a 55-year prison sentence for her murder.
The defense says Sharon Carrillo did not take part in the beatings that killed her daughter. They say her lowered mental capacity and her husband’s physical abuse “controlled her,” which is why she didn’t go to police and gave Maine State Police detectives what they call a “fake” confession.
The state also showed several videos of both Sharon and Marissa screaming and yelling and trying to hit Julio Carrillo as he recorded them with his cellphone.
The medical examiner took the stand Wednesday afternoon. He determined the elementary school student died of battered child syndrome after months of daily beatings.
Dr. Mark Flomanbaum described 40 to 50 injuries found on the girl’s 76-pound body.
“Marissa had multiple old and new blunt force injuries to her torso,” Assistant Attorney General Don Macomber said during his opening statement. “She had old rib fractures, a lacerated liver, pattern imprints from strikes from a hand or foot and pattern imprints from a belt buckle.”
The medical examiner said Kennedy also had bleeding on the brain, and infected injuries on her knees and the tops of her feet but it was her heart that gave out when she died on Feb. 25, 2018.
On Wednesday morning, a second juror got sick and did not return after lunch, dropping the original jury total from 16 jurors to 14. On Monday, another juror got sick in the courtroom twice and didn’t return after the second incident.