Lawyer for Marissa Kennedy's mother wants statements made to police thrown out


    FILE - Sharon Carrillo, 33, during her initial court appearance at the Waldo County Superior Court. (Gabor Degre | BDN)

    BELFAST (WGME) -- The legal team for a Maine mother accused of killing her 10-year-old daughter wants statements she gave to police thrown out.

    Sharon Carrillo's attorney says her statements were not given voluntary because of her intellectual limitations. They also allege she was being abused by her husband.

    [Husband and wife plead 'not guilty' to brutal murder of 10-year-old girl]

    Sharon Carrillo and her husband, Julio Carrillo, are both charged with the murder of Sharon's 10-year-old daughter Marissa Kennedy.

    Marissa Kennedy

    Sharon's lawyer says they've also uncovered a photo from Julio’s cell phone which shows Sharon and her daughter in sexually explicit poses

    They say this helps them prove Sharon was allegedly abused and manipulated by Julio.

    FILE - Julio Carrillo, 51, is escorted into the courtroom for his initial court appearance at the Waldo County Superiour Court. (Gabor Degre | BDN)

    “Every criminal defendant has the right to a fair trial and the right to participate in his or her trial and Sharon would not be afforded those rights if she was forced to participate in a trial with Julio Carrillo,” Sharon Carrillo’s attorney Laura Shaw said.

    [Court documents: Parents tried to stage 10-year-old's death]

    The motion to suppress Sharon’s statements and to have a separate trial were filed on Friday.

    [What we know about the life of the Maine child allegedly killed by her parents]

    Her lawyer says the state has a chance to respond and possibly hold hearings on those motions.

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