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Accused murderer ordered to undergo mental evaluation Featured

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BELFAST - Accused murderer Sharon Carrillo will undergo a mental evaluation, requested Friday by prosecutors from the state's office of the attorney general.

The order comes on the heals of the official indictment of both Sharon Carrillo and her husband, Julio Carrillo, in the February beating death of her 10-year-old daughter, Marissa Kennedy.

Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea told Waldo County Justice Robert Murray that Sharon Carrillo's attorney has given several media interviews saying basically that his client was under the control and power of her husband and co-defendant, Julio Carrillo.

For that reason, the state requested to expedite the mental exam for Sharon Carrillo, which the judge agreed to do on Friday.

The defense really wasn't opposing it because there are psychological issues at play here. We wanted a little extra time so we're done before the state forensic service gets involved. So we'll see how it works out with the timing,” said Chris MacLean, attorney for Sharon Carrillo.

The motion orders the state forensic service to determine Sharon Carrillo's mental condition specifically in reference to criminal responsibility, abnormal conditions of the minds and any other mental or emotional condition.

The state has also requested a mental evaluation of Julio Carrillo but a hearing on that motion has not been scheduled.

There is an arraignment date now of April 2. So at that point i would think probably we would revisit the motion of it hasn't been heard as well as the bail situation and any other preliminary matters,” said Steven Peterson, attorney representing Julio Carrillo.

Peterson said he plans to oppose the state's motion to have the couple tried together.

Sharon Carrillo's attorney said after court that he was very concern about a statement made by the prosecutor suggesting that his client attempted to manipulate investigators.

“The suggestion that a mentally retarded person was somehow manipulating experienced, intelligent, well trained Maine State Police interrogators is pretty funny to me,” MacLean said, adding he planned to address the issue at his client's upcoming bail hearing.

Nit-Noi Ricker

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...