BELFAST – The state rested its case in the Sharon Carrillo murder trial on Thursday after jurors listened to hours and hours of video-recorded interviews with the accused in which she confessed to beating her 10-year-old daughter, Marissa Kennedy.
“It feels like I’m dying.”
That is what Kennedy told her mother just before she lost the ability to talk or walk from the daily beating.
Carrillo told Maine State Police Detective Jason Andrews this in a three-hour interview recorded the day after the girl died on Feb. 25, 2018.
During the cross-examination, the defense questioned the detective about his interview techniques, suggesting that he used psychological coercion on Carrillo, who has been described as a person of lower intellect.
Whenever she would deviate from the story told to detectives by her husband, Julio Carrillo, who is currently serving a 55-year prison sentence for his role in the girl’s murder, the detective would say, “I’m not buying it.”
The defense is arguing that their client’s statements to police were not voluntary because Carrillo was the victim of domestic violence and was “controlled” by her husband. They say a confession is involuntary when coerced by psychological pressure.
“There are signs about what was really happening in the Carrillo household and not everyone was picking up on those signs,” Chris MacLean, who is representing Sharon Carrillo along with Laura Shaw, said Tuesday. “But as we step back and reflect and look at what really happened, things start to come into view.”
“And that picture is a disturbing one,” he added later. “With Julio Carrillo running the show, Julio Carrillo making up stories, providing information and doing all the talking.”
MacLean said Thursday that they have called Julio Carrillo as a witness and expect him to take the stand early Friday morning. He also said he expected Carrillo to invoke his Fifth Amendment right regarding self-incrimination in an attempt to get out of testifying.