NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Northampton jury that will decide whether Cara Rintala killed her wife in Granby six years ago, won’t be seated until some time next week.
The process of jury selection began Tuesday in Hampshire County Superior Court in Northampton. A pool of qualified jurors is being assembled.
Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Mary Carey told 22News, “Any jurors not excused today (Tuesday) for hardship or cause, completed (a) questionnaire and are ordered back on Thursday. The same process will happen tomorrow (Wednesday).”
Carey went on to say it’s expected to take a week at least to seat a jury.
Rintala has been indicted for the strangulation death of her wife Annmarie Rintala in their Granby home in 2010. Two previous murder trials ended in mistrial when the juries deadlocked.
Prosecutors have asked if the jury could consider a verdict on manslaughter instead of only first degree murder during this third trial.
The judge has not yet ruled on that request.