SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors are asking that a jury consider a manslaughter charge in the third trial of a woman accused of strangling her wife in Massachusetts.
The prosecution asked a Springfield judge last week to consider instructing jurors that they have the manslaughter option when they decide Cara Lee Rintala’s case.
Rintala is charged with strangling Annamarie Cochrane Rintala — a paramedic — in the couple’s Granby home in March 2010. Her body was found at the bottom of the basement stairs covered in paint. Rintala has pleaded not guilty.
Jurors were only permitted to consider first-degree murder in Rintala’s first two trials, which ended in mistrials with hung juries.
The defense had requested the manslaughter option in Rintala’s first trial in 2013.
Prosecutors say no decision is expected before the trial begins.
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