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BELFAST, Maine — Sharon Carrillo may have been susceptible to making a false confession, the director of the Maine State Forensic Service testified Tuesday morning at the Waldo Judicial Center.
“There were a couple of different factors in Ms. Carrillo’s case that place her at higher risk for a false confession,” Dr. Sarah Miller told the court on Tuesday.
One of those factors is Carrillo’s limited intellectual functioning, which makes it hard for her to navigate stressful situations, the psychologist said. The other is Sharon Carrillo’s experience living with domestic violence, which would have created a barrier to going against her husband’s wishes.
“That experience of trauma, combined with her experience of domestic violence, would have impaired her judgement and behavior,” Miller said.