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Rintala Retrial May Not Happen Until January 2014


NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WGGB) — A Granby woman accused of murdering her wife will be retried sometime between November and January.

Judge Mary-Lou Rup made the ruling Thursday morning at a status hearing for Cara Rintala. She’s charged with murdering Annamarie Cochrane Rintala in 2010.

A mistrial was declared in March when a jury was unable to reach a verdict.

The retrial can’t be any earlier because her attorney, David Hoose, has federal death penalty trial in Rhode Island in September.

Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne says, “We’ve been ready for retrial since the end of the first trial. Nothing has really changed in our view and we’re looking forward to getting this case tried as early as possible. The family has a need for closure, they’re looking for this case to get resolved. We certainly want to bring some measure of justice to them.”

Hoose said if the Rhode Island case resolves quickly, he could possibly be available for the Rintala trial in November. If not, December or January are more likely.

Both sides will be back in court in late August.

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