Jury can consider manslaughter charge in Cara Rintala case

Jury previously had only been allowed to consider charge of murder


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Closing arguments began late Monday morning in Cara Rintala‘s third murder trial, and when deliberations begin, jurors will be allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter.

The prosecution and defense rested their cases after two and a half weeks of testimony.

Rintala is accused of strangling her wife Annamarie Cochrane Rintala in the basement of the couple’s Granby home back in 2010.

Jurors had been unable to reach unanimous verdicts in two previous trials. In both of those cases, however, the jury had only been allowed to consider a murder charge. This time, the prosecution had requested that manslaughter be considered- something that the defense had sought (but had been denied) previously.

22News is at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton, and will bring you the latest here on WWLP.com as it becomes available.

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