Cara Rintala released on bail

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Cara Rintala is a free woman, for now.

Rintala was released on $150,000 bail Friday morning, more than a month after a mistrial was declared in her second murder trial.

Rintala will have to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and will have to check in with her probation officer at Hampshire Superior Court. She is not allowed to leave the state, except to travel to Rhode Island to deal with her child custody case there.

Rintala had been in jail since her 2011 arrest for the murder of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala. Annamarie’s lifeless body was found inside the couple’s Granby home back in 2010.

Two Hampshire Superior Court juries failed to reach a unanimous verdict in her murder case, and both trials, one in 2013 and one in early 2014, ended in a mistrial. Prosecutors said that they intend to pursue a third trial for Cara Rintala later this year.

An attorneys conference has been scheduled for April 15th.

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