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Mass. woman accused of killing wife denied bail

June 28, 2013

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has denied bail for a woman awaiting retrial in the 2010 strangulation and beating death of her wife.

Prosecutors say Rintala killed her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, a paramedic, in their Granby home in March 2010 after months of stress over finances. Her murder trial in March ended in a mistrial when the jury could not reach a verdict.

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

Hoose, tells the Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/10ofhvE) he is disappointed. A single justice denied the petition without a hearing.

Pasquale Martin, the uncle of Annamarie Rintala told the newspaper the ruling is “a good day” for her family.

A July 11 hearing has been set to determine when the case can be retried.

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

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