The mother and stepfather accused of beating 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy to death last year will make an appearance in a Belfast courtroom Thursday morning.
Sharon Carrillo, 34, Marissa’s mother, and Julio Carrillo, 52, her stepfather, are scheduled to appear at the Waldo Judicial Center at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday for a hearing on motions filed by Sharon Carrillo’s attorneys earlier this year.
Sharon Carrillo’s defense team is seeking to separate her trial from that of Julio Carrillo, alleging that Sharon Carrillo suffered abuse at the hands of her husband and was a victim herself. Her lawyers are also asking the court to suppress statements Sharon Carrillo made to investigators in the days after Marissa was found dead in their Stockton Springs home in February 2018.
It is not clear if Justice Robert Murray will decide Thursday on whether or not the couple should be tried together later this year, or if the statements Sharon Carrillo made to investigators shortly after her daughter’s death will be admissible at trial.
Court documents filed by Sharon Carrillo’s attorneys in February contained new details that described a disturbing scene of alleged abuse inflicted on Sharon and Marissa by Julio Carrillo.