BELFAST — The Department of Health and Human Services has been ordered by Justice Robert Murray to produce all records they have for Marissa Kennedy and her three younger half-siblings as part of the murder trial of their mother, Sharon Carrillo.
Sharon Carrillo, 34, and her then-husband Julio Carrillo, 52, were arrested and charged with depraved indifference murder following the Feb. 25, 2018, death of then-10-year-old Marissa. Kennedy reportedly suffered months of prolonged daily abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather before ultimately succumbing to her injuries.
In interviews the day of, and the day after Marissa’s death, both Carrillos took responsibility for the beatings. Ultimately both Carrillo’s changed their stories to indict the other. Sharon Carrillo maintains she was a victim of her ex-husband rather than a partner in the abuse. Julio Carrillo has denied this claim.
Julio Carrillo changed his plea to guilty July 22 and was sentenced to spend 55 years behind bars Aug. 28.
Although the records have been ordered to be released they will likely remain hidden from the public eye, with the possibility of a DHHS representative identifying portions of the record that the agency feels should not be released either due to being irrelevant to the case, or because they “contain particularly sensitive and confidential information,” according to court documents.
In an order specifying the scope of disclosure entered after review of DHHS’s response to the Order to Produce Records signed by Justice Murray Sept. 25, it is stipulated that “the records are to remain in the Court Clerk’s Office at all times. No duplicated or copies are to be made of any of the records and no information contained in those records is to be disclosed except by further order of the court.”
Counsel is also advised that the records remain confidential, may be used only for purposes of litigating the pending action, and shall not be further disseminated without a court order.
Sharon Carrillo is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 12.
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