First full day of jury deliberations in Rintala Case

It's the first case in Massachusetts of a woman accused of killing her lawful wife

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s the second murder trial in the first case in Massachusetts of a woman accused of killing her lawful wife.

Cara Rintala is accused of killing Annamarie Cochrane Rintala back in March of 2010, and jurors have started deliberations in her retrial. losing arguments were heard Tuesday in the Hampshire County Superior Court after twelve days of testimony.

Like they did in the first trial, the prosecution portrayed the relationship between the two women as troubled.

“When Cara Rintala strangled her wife to death of the afternoon of March 29, 2010, it was the ultimate act of domestic violence. It was the culmination of a turbulent, volatile, and unhealthy relationship,” First Assistant District Attorney, Steven Gagne said.

In his closing, Defense attorney David Hoose said that once again, the prosecution had failed to prove that Rintala was guilty.

“It is not your job to solve this crime. Your job is to determine that the Commonwealth has established that Cara Rintala committed this act by established by proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and they haven’t because she didn’t,” Hoose said.

The first full day of jury deliberations for the retrial begin Wednesday. Last March, Judge Mary Lou Rup declared a mistrial after the jury could not come to a unanimous decision following four days of deliberation. 22News will be in court in Northampton on Wednesday, and will bring you an update on the case once the verdict is reached.