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Deliberations Continue in Cara Rintala Re-Trial


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Deliberations continue in the re-trial of Cara Rintala.

Rintala is accused of killing her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, in their Granby home back in 2010.

Rintala’s first trial ended in a mistrial in March 2013, after the jury in that trial was unable to reach a unanimous verdict after several days of deliberations.

Friday, jurors had informed Judge Mary-Lou Rup that they were deadlocked, 8-4, on a verdict. Judge Mary Lour Rup instructed them to go home for the weekend and not think about the case to clear their heads.

When court resumed on Monday, Rup gave jurors additional instructions and deliberations resumed.

Just before noon Monday, everyone reconvened inside the courtroom, where prosecutors asked Rup to clarify the difference between moral certitude and reasonable certitude, as it related to Rup’s Monday instruction.

The defense objected to the clarification, then Rup re-read the instruction and jurors head back to the jury room.

Monday’s deliberations ended around 4:00 p.m. They will resume around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.

ABC40 will continue to follow this story and will have more as it becomes available.

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