Lawyer for child’s mother, also charged with murder, to seek dismissal from prosecution

Julio Carrillo expected to plead guilty for murder of stepdaughter, says Maine Attorney General’s Office

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 9:45pm

BELFAST  — The stepfather of a 10-year-old girl killed in her Stockton Springs home in February 2018 is expected to plead guilty to knowing and intentional murder in Waldo County Unified Court July 29, according to Marc Malon, spokesman for the Maine Attorney General Office.

According to Malon, the State will seek a term of life imprisonment in the case. 

Julio Carrillo and his then-wife Sharon Carrillo (51 and 33 at the time) were both charged with knowing and intentional murder after the Feb. 25, 2018 death of Marissa Kennedy, who died at the Stockton Springs condo the family shared, after months of sustained abuse. They have both been incarcerated at Two Bridges Regional Jail since their Feb. 26, 2018, arrest.

Both Carrillo’s admitted to taking part in the abuse that ultimately led to Marissa’s death, with both admitting to beating her, at times with the handle of a mop, among other abuses. Lawyers for Sharon Carrillo moved to have all of her initial interviews suppressed, arguing that Sharon Carrillo, who has an estimated IQ of 78, according to court documents, was unable to voluntarily waive her Miranda rights.

They also allege that Sharon was the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her then-husband, leading her to be afraid not to go along when he allegedly instructed her to “take 50 percent” blame when speaking with detectives. 

After a hearing on the matter, Justice Robert Murray determined that the statements would not be suppressed during Sharon Carrillo’s scheduled December trial. 

One person hoping that the trial never comes to pass is Sharon Carrillo’s lawyer, Chris MacLean, of Camden Law, who maintains his client is also a victim of Julio Carrillo’s. 

When reached for comment MacLean said some reports regarding the issue of dismissal are incorrect before clarifying his intentions. 

“We have said that we intend to approach the prosecutors and ask them to dismiss the charges against Sharon. We have not said that we will be filing any request with the court to have the charges dismissed. There would be no basis for a judge to dismiss the charges based on anything we could file; any decision to dismiss the charges would come from the prosecutors and would be part of discussions between Sharon’s lawyers and the prosecutors,” he wrote in an email. 

As for what prompted the decision to ask prosecutors to drop the charges against his client, MacLean said they believe the prosecutors should dismiss the charges for a number of reasons. 

“Our belief that the prosecutors should dismiss the charges against Sharon is the result of the overwhelming evidence that Julio was responsible for killing Marissa Kennedy and was committing monstrous domestic violence in the home against both Marissa and Sharon, and that Sharon, who has an IQ in the bottom 2% of intelligence, was a victim and not a participant in Julio’s crimes,” MacLean wrote. 

Once Julio has pleaded guilty, MacLean said it would “make sense for the prosecutors to take a look at whether they are seriously interested in maintaining charges against Sharon when overwhelming evidence suggests that Julio was solely responsible for Marissa’s death.”

When asked why he thought Julio Carrillo may have decided to plead guilty, despite a potential life-sentence, MacLean said he believes since the evidence is so overwhelming “the chances of him being found not guilty were remote.”

He said it was not surprising that Julio Carrillo has decided to change his plea. 

By pleading guilty, MacLean said Julio Carrillo could argue he deserves some credit for saving the state the expense of a trial and should not receive a life sentence. Another reason could be over fears for his safety while behind bars. 

“He also may have wished to avoid a public presentation of evidence showing what he did to Marissa Kennedy. He has already been violently attacked in jail once; he may have been concerned that more public revelations of the evidence would cause him some more problems in prison,” MacLean said. 

Julio Carrillo was attacked while behind bars at Two Bridges Regional Reentry Center, where both Carrillo’s have been held since their arrests. 

He is expected to change his plea in Waldo County Unified Court Monday, July 29, at 1 p.m.

 

See also

Maine Legislature recommends three of five child abuse, protection bills ought to pass

DHHS commissioner says LePage bill addresses questions, concerns about agency

Mother, stepfather arrested following 10-year-old daughter's death in Stockton Springs 

Mother, stepfather accused of murdering daughter to make first court appearance Wednesday 

Bail set at $500k for mother, stepfather accused of murdering daughter 

Sen. Thibodeau calls on Governor for investigation into DHHS following girl's murder 

Searsport schools plan 'Dress Blue' day in remembrance of slain girl 

Sen. Thibodeau issues statement following LePage remarks on murdered 10-year-old

Update: State investigation into Marissa Kennedy's death to take place in two phases 

Sharon, Julio Carrillo indicted for murder of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy

Attorney for Sharon Carrillo seeks bail reduction, cites spousal abuse 

Maine Children's Trust donations grow following Stockton Spring girl's death 

Sharon Carrillo lawyer accuses state of deception

Carrillos plead not guilty to charges of murdering 10-year-old

Tensions run high in Waldo County Court as Sharon Carrillo lawyers argue to have prosecutors disqualified

Carrillo prosecutors to remain on casejudge decides

Maine Supreme Court to decide whether Sharon Carrillo prosecutors stay on case

OPEGA returns phase one report into abuse deaths of two Maine children

Gov. LePage steps in for Department of Health and Human Services at Augusta oversight hearing

Government Oversight Committee issues subpoena for DHHHS Commissioner, LePage responds  

Gov. LePage signs four of five proposed child welfare reform bills into law

Prosecutors seek joint trial for Carrillos, with separate juries for each

Sharon Carrillo lawyers file to suppress evidence, sever trials; claim torture at hands of husband

Prosecutors request further testing of Sharon Carrillo after her attorneys move to have statements suppressed

Mother, stepfather to get separate trials in murder of 10-year-old, judge says


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