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Judge vows quick ruling in run-up to Mass. retrial

October 19, 2013

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge says she’ll rule quickly on how to best give defense lawyers access to evidence as they prepare for the retrial of a woman accused of killing her wife.

Prosecutors say Cara Lee Rintala killed Annamarie Cochrane Rintala in their Granby home in March 2010 after months of stress over finances.

The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in Rintala’s first trial. She’s since been held without bail as she awaits her retrial, scheduled for January.

Rintala’s attorney wants a forensic expert to examine human and animal hairs found on the victim’s body. Prosecutors have suggested ways to do that, but want to maintain physical control of the evidence.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1gr4WJ0) that Superior Court Judge Bertha Josephson vowed Thursday to have a solution in “a very short turnaround time.”


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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