NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A third murder trial against Cara Rintala can move ahead, after a Northampton judge rejected a motion to dismiss the case.
In trials in 2013 and 2014, juries could not reach a unanimous verdict on charges that Rintala killed her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala. Annamarie was found strangled in the basement of the couple’s Granby home back in 2010.
In a ruling issued Monday, Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Rup rejected the defense’s argument that trying Rintala a third time would violate her constitutional right against double jeopardy. She also rejected the argument that another trial would violate her rights to due process and a fair trial.
Rintala has been free on $150,000 cash bail since early March. She had been held without the right to bail following the first trial.
There will be a court hearing in the case on October 22.