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Mistrial declared in W. Mass murder trial

March 13, 2013

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Northampton judge has declared a mistrial after the jury couldn’t reach a verdict in the murder trial of a woman charged with killing her wife in their Granby home.

Cara Rintala was on trial in the fatal 2010 beating and strangling of Annamarie Cochrane Rintala. Prosecutors said it was the first Massachusetts case of a woman accused of killing her wife.

The couple, both paramedics, were married two years and raising a child.

Prosecutors said Rintala “flipped” and killed her wife after months of stress over finances. They presented a circumstantial case they said showed Rintala was home at the time of the killing.

Defense attorney David Hoose said Wednesday the mistrial showed the weakness of the prosecution’s evidence.

Prosecutors said they plan to retry Rintala. A bail hearing for her is scheduled Monday.

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