BELFAST – Waldo County Superior Court Justice Robert Murray will decide if accused murderer Sharon Carrillo is competent to stand trial.
Carrillo, 35, is charged with murder in the beating death of her daughter in February 2018 and her trial is expected to start this week.
Her defense team filed a motion for a mental evaluation late in November and a competence hearing was scheduled for Monday.
After several conversations between the defense, prosecutors and Justice Murray a decision was made not to hold the hearing.
“We offered three reports, three exhibits, to the judge, which he admitted under seal,” said Laura Shaw, who is representing Carrillo along with Christopher MacLean, both of Camden Law. “Neither party offered testimony and both parties waived arguments and the court will decide, on the basis of the reports, whether Sharon is competent.”
Carrillo is charged in the death of Marissa Kennedy, the oldest of her four children.
A state medical examiner said 10-year-old Kennedy had around 50 injuries on her body when police responded to a 911 call made from the Stockton Springs condo where the family lived at the time of her death. She died of battered child syndrome after months of abuse.
Because of the expected snowstorm on Tuesday, court was canceled delaying jury selection that was originally scheduled to begin that day.
“It will be Wednesday and Thursday and the trial will start on Friday, if we can pick a jury and Sharon is competent,” Shaw said.
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.