Murder trial of Maine mother heads to jury for deliberations

December 17, 2019 GMT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The director of the Maine State Forensic Service testified that a Maine mother charged in the fatal beating of her daughter might have been susceptible to making a false confession.

Jurors will begin deliberations Wednesday after attorneys reached the end of their arguments in the trial of Sharon Carrillo on Tuesday. She’s charged with the murder in the death of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy of Stockton Springs in a case that spurred changes in the state’s child protection system.

Dr. Sarah Miller of the forensic service testified Tuesday that Carrillo’s limited intellectual functioning makes it difficult for her to deal with stressful situations. Carrillo’s attorneys have made the case that the only evidence linking Carrillo to abuse of Marissa is a confession to police. Her estranged husband Julio Carrillo pleaded guilty to Marissa’s murder earlier this year and is serving a 55-year sentence.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Sharon Carrillo had the capacity to understand the wrongfulness of the conduct against her daughter, the Bangor Daily News reported.