Cara Rintala Daughter
Cara Rintala Daughter:- The case of whether Cara Rintala murdered her wife, which has previously resulted in a hung jury, may be reopened. Rintala, 53, is appealing her 2016 murder conviction in connection with her wife Annamarie Cochrane Rintala in 2010. Rintala’s counsel requested her release from jail as she awaits an appeal hearing. Still, a Hampshire Superior Court judge rejected the motion on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Rintala, 48, is charged with strangling her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, at their Granby home in 2010. She has been accused of murder twice, but both trials ended in a hung jury. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has committed to retrying her, but not until the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decides on a defense petition to dismiss the charges. Rintala is the first woman accused in the state’s history of killing her legally married wife.
Rintala was detained for two years without bail until a court fixed it at $150,000. Rintala has been required to wear a Global Positioning System monitor since her family secured bond, allowing her to travel only within Hampshire, Hampden, and Worcester counties.
However, when the probation department rejected her request to visit the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens in Deerfield with the daughter she adopted with Cochrane Rintala, a court extended the zone to include Franklin and Berkshire counties.
While Annamarie Cochrane Rintala and her wife vacationed in Florida’s beautiful beaches, their turbulent relationship continued from their Granby home.
That is how Cochrane Rintala’s aunt, Nancy Kaufman, characterized the case to jurors on Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court.
Cara Rintala has entered a not guilty plea in connection with her wife Cochrane Rintala’s 2010 murder. Rintala was charged with the crime twice, in 2013 and 2014, but both cases ended in a hung jury. Since March 2014, Rintala has been released on a $150,000 bond.
The current trial will begin Thursday morning. It is anticipated to last about a month.
A month before Cochrane Rintala was discovered strangled to death at the foot of the basement stairs at the house she lived with Rintala, the couple visited Kaufman in Florida in February 2010 and subsequently embarked on a cruise.
Kaufman recounted one of her last recollections of her late niece on the witness stand Tuesday, the fourth day of the trial.
Rintala is appealing because the state should not have been allowed to summon an expert paint witness to describe the crime scene, which was drenched with interior paint along with Cochrane Rintala.
For years, the murder of Cochrane Rintala captivated the Pioneer Valley and the national and international news as the mystery surrounding the Springfield EMT’s death took many twists and turns.