Rintala lawyers ask for murder charges to be dismissed


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Defense lawyers are seeking a dismissal of a murder indictment against Cara Rintala, who is accused of killing her wife. There have been two mistrials in her case.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports Thursday that lawyers for Rintala filed the motion in mid-April. Prosecutors said they will oppose it.

Rintala is free on $150,000 bail after her second trial in January ended with a hung jury. The jury in her first trial last year also was unable to reach a verdict.

Rintala, a paramedic, is accused of strangling Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, also a paramedic, in at their Granby home in 2010. Prosecutors said the couple, had a troubled relationship and argued over money and their young daughter.

Defense lawyers said there was little evidence pointing to Cara Rintala, and police failed to investigate other possible suspects.


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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