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BELFAST, Maine — Sharon Carrillo admitted to helping to beat her daughter, 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy, to death in February 2018.
Despite that, her attorney Chris MacLean argued in court on Thursday, there is no evidence — other than her own words and those of her estranged husband, Julio Carrillo — that she did what she said she did. Sharon Carrillo is being tried for the murder of her 10-year-old daughter and after roughly four days of testimony from witnesses called by state prosecutors, the defense began to make its case, calling its first witnesses: neighbors who lived close to the family in both Bangor and Stockton Springs.
Even before the prosecution rested its case, the attorney pointed out during the cross-examination of Maine State Police Detective Jason Andrews that the physical evidence so far presented in the trial does not help prove that Sharon Carrillo killed her daughter. Not the blue mop that had been used to beat Kennedy. Not the disturbing photos and videos confiscated from the family’s cell phones. Not the bloodied pajamas the girl had been wearing.