BELFAST – Closing arguments were held Tuesday afternoon in the murder trial of a Stockton Springs mother accused of beating her 10-year-old daughter to death last year.
Sharon Carrillo, 35, is charged in the brutal beating death of her oldest daughter, Marissa Kennedy, who died of battered child syndrome.
Her husband admitted he killed the elementary school student on Feb 25, 2018, and is now serving a 55-year prison sentence.
Jurors must decide if Sharon Carrillo participated.
She has confessed — but the defense says she gave a “fake confession” because she has a low IQ, was the victim of domestic violence and was coerced into doing so.
Dr. Sarah Miller, the director of the State Forensic Service, was the last person to take the stand before closing arguments. She noted concern about a fake confession in her report to prosecutors. On the stand, she said, “I’m very confident the risk factors are there.”
“This is the only time in her professional career that she’s put into paper to explain that a false confession is a reasonable hypothesis,” Chris MacLean, defense attorney for Sharon Carrillo said during his closing arguments “That is a reasonable doubt.”
The defense went on to say Maine State Police detectives got Sharon Carrillo to admit to two things that were not true on the videos recorded in the days after her daughter died and played for the jury.
One image found on a cellphone in the house showed both the girl, with visible bruises and other injuries, and her mother kneeling naked with their arms held above their heads.
Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea used Carrillo’s own words to drive her message home.
“A person who wasn’t involved in causing her daughter’s death would never say, and I quote, ‘I should have stopped. I should have stopped,’” Zainea said in her closing.
Kennedy had more than 40 blunt force trauma injuries to her 76-pound body when examined by the medical examiner.
The jury will hear the judge’s instructions on the law Wednesday morning and then they will begin deliberating.