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Trial for Granby Murder Suspect Postponed

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of a woman accused of strangling her paramedic wife in their western Massachusetts home has been delayed so DNA testing can be completed.

The trial of Cara Lee Rintala had been tentatively scheduled for November in Hampshire Superior Court.

Rintala is accused of strangling Annamarie Cochrane Rintala in their Granby home in March 2010.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers on Wednesday told a judge that DNA testing is unlikely to be finished until December and agreed that February is more realistic time frame for the trial.

Judge Richard Carey allowed the request to push the trial date back.

Cara Rintala is being held after pleading not guilty to first-degree murder.