Judge sets $500,000 bail for couple charged with murdering daughter

By Ethan Andrews | Feb 28, 2018
Photos by: Ethan Andrews Julio and Sharon Carrillo are ushered into Waldo County Superior Court Feb. 28 for arraignment. The couple are charged with depraved indifference murder in connection with the death of their 10-year-old daughter.

Belfast — A Stockton Springs couple charged with murdering their 10-year-old daughter were arraigned in Waldo County Superior Court Feb. 28.

Julio and Sharon Carrillo are each charged with depraved indifference murder in connection with the Feb. 25 death of Marissa Kennedy. According to a police affidavit, both Julio and Sharon described beating the 10-year-old daily over a period of several months before her death, which was classified by the state medical examiner as resulting from battered child syndrome.

On Wednesday, Justice Robert Murray read the charges against them and advised them that a guilty verdict would result in a minimum sentence of 25 years and could put them behind bars for life.

Murray determined the couple were eligible for state-appointed attorneys and assigned Christopher MacLean of Camden to represent Sharon Carrillo and Steven Peterson of Rockport to represent Julio Carrillo.

Murray noted that the state has filed a motion for joinder, which would allow for a single trial of the couple, and said this would be reviewed at a later date.

State prosecutor Donald Macomber requested that bail be set at $500,000 cash with no third-party surety and that the couple be prohibited from contact with children under the age of 12.

"This is as serious a case of depraved indifference murder as I have dealt with," he said, as Sharon Carrillo, dressed in a Two Bridges Regional Jail jumpsuit, sat with her attorney several feet away.

"What she subjected her child to can only be described as torture," Macomber said.

Sharon Carrillo sobbed audibly and held her head in her hands as Macomber listed the injuries to Marissa Kennedy, including a subdural hematoma and a lacerated liver. Julio Carrillo, who was seated across the courtroom in an orange jumpsuit with his wrists and ankles cuffed, bowed his head at times during the proceedings but did not betray any outward emotion.

Both defense attorneys argued that the amount was unreasonable given the couple's finances, but said they had not yet reviewed the state's arguments and therefore were not prepared to respond. They each requested the opportunity to revisit the bail conditions at a later date.

Justice Murray said he had reviewed the state's affidavit and was prepared to set bail. He set bail for Julio and Sharon Carrillo at $500,000 each with no third-party surety and barred the couple from having contact with any children under 15. However, as the defense attorneys requested, Murray left open the option for a future reconsideration of the bail conditions.

Both Julio and Sharon Carrillo are scheduled to appear in court again April 30 at 1 p.m. for a status conference.

Peterson noted that Julio Carrillo, whose native language is Spanish, speaks English fluently and would not need a translator.

RSU 20 statement

Just after 12:30 p.m. Feb. 28, the Superintendent's Office for Regional School Unit 20 issued the following statement:

"On Monday morning our district learned that one of our very own students had died. This news has been heart-wrenching for our community, staff, and students. As a district, we have unified our support system to ensure that we provide the comfort and care that is needed for our students and staff.

The death of a child is the ultimate tragedy. The idea that this happened to a precious child is one that we are coping with while supporting our children, staff and community. It is not easy.

The overwhelming outreach of support is greatly appreciated and has been very helpful. Many school districts from Hancock and Waldo County have offered to send counselors to our schools to assist us in our time of need. Sweetser has also offered their resources to us. Our community has shown time after time that when adversity strikes, we come together to take care of each other.

Thank you again for the outpouring of support and care that has been shown to RSU  20."

Julio Carrillo arrives at Waldo County Superior Court Feb. 28 for his arraignment. He and his wife Sharon Carrillo have been charged with the murder of their 10-year-old daughter. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Sharon Carrillo arrives at Waldo County Superior Court Feb. 28 for her arraignment. She and her husband Julio Carrillo have been charged with the murder of their 10-year-old daughter. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
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