NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The jury in Cara Rintala’s second murder trial is deadlocked, and they will be going home for the weekend without a verdict having been reached.
The jury came back deadlocked 8-4 on Friday afternoon, and asked for instructions from Judge Mary Lou Rup. She ordered that jury deliberations be suspended until Monday morning at 9:00, where she will give instructions on how to proceed after the deadlock.
Though the 8-4 number was revealed, it was not disclosed whether a majority of the jury was in favor of a guilty or not guilty verdict.
Friday was the third full day of deliberations in the trial of Rintala, who is accused of strangling her wife Annamarie at their Granby home back in October of 2010.
A jury had failed to reach a unanimous verdict following four days of deliberations in Rintala’s first trial, and Rup had declared a mistrial then.
One woman who’s been following the developments told 22News she’s disappointed.
“I thought they would respond right away,” said Ruthie Parsons of Northampton. “The longer they went I knew it was going to be deadlocked. So it’s just… it’s not right. I’m very disappointed.”
When the court reconvenes Monday morning, the judge will instruct the jury how to proceed.
The Rintala case has received widespread attention, in large part because it is the first case in which a woman was accused of the murder of her lawful wife.