Judge allowing third Rintala trial to move ahead

First two cases ended in a mistrial

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A third trial of murder suspect Cara Rintala can move forward, following a decision by a justice on the state’s highest court. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford denied Rintala’s petition to have the case dismissed. Back in September, a Northampton judge also rejected a motion to dismiss.

Rintala, formerly of Granby, has been put on trial twice for the killing of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala back in 2010.  Both cases ended in mistrials after Hampshire Superior Court juries failed to reach a verdict. She was released on bail following her second trial in 2014, but prosecutors say they intend to pursue the charges for a third time.

“We are pleased that the single justice denied the defendant’s position, and in doing so, ruled that there is sufficient evidence for a jury to convict the defendant of murder,” said First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne, who has been prosecuting the case. “Hopefully, this decision will allow the case to continue moving forward to a final resolution.”

The Rintala case attracted nationwide attention for being the first in which a woman was accused of murdering her lawful wife.

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