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Defense Motion Denied in Cara Rintala Murder Case

Rintala hearing1(NORTHAMPTON, Mass.) (WGGB)–A Hampshire County judge has denied a defense request to keep pre-trial hearings in a murder case closed to the media.

45-year old Cara Rintala is charged with the murder of her wife Annamarie Cochrane Rintala  in March of 2010.

Defense Attorney David Hoose said all the pre-trial publicity would jeopardize Cara Rintala’s right to a fair trial.

But Assistant District Attorney Stephen Gagne said it is a cherished right to keep the courtroom  open to the public and the media and that a meticulous selection of the jury would satisfy the defense’s concerns.

Judge Mary Lou Rup ruled against the defense motion saying that the courtroom will remain open during pre-trial hearings.

The evidence that has come to light so far in this case indicates a rocky marriage between Cara Rintala and her wife Annamarie Cochrane Rintala.

It was a relationship that involved discord, restraining orders, and divorce papers being filed.

Rintala’s trial is scheduled to begin on Feb. 11th.