Mistrial Declared in Cara Rintala Re-Trial
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Judge Mary Lou Rup has declared a mistrial in the murder re-trial of Cara Rintala.
The announcement came Tuesday morning after just over four days of deliberations.
Jurors indicated to Judge Rup Tuesday morning that they remained deadlocked on a verdict at 8-4 and that they could not reach a verdict.
Rintala was 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.
Last Friday, jurors had also informed Judge Rup that they were deadlocked, 8-4, on a verdict. Judge 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.
First Assistant District Attorney Steve Gagne says that prosecutors will consult with the victim’s family to determine if the case will be re-tried again,”At this point, as I said, we’re taking a step back, consulting with our colleagues, consulting with the family, and determining what would be in the best interest of justice in moving forward,” says Gagne.
Defense Attorney David Hoose says the commonwealth has had two cracks at this case and still doesn’t have a conviction. Hoose feels it’s time to move on,” I think there’s a fairly substantial portion of people in Hampshire County who feel enough is enough, you’ve taken two tries at this, you’ve bankrupted this woman, and to a lesser extent her family, and you know enough is enough,” says Hoose.
But if there is a third trial, both the prosecution and defense teams say they’ll be ready,” If ever there was a case to go to bat three times or even more in the pursuit of justice, this would be the case,” says Prosecutor Steven Gagne.
David Hoose hopes there won’t be a third trial but if there is he’ll be ready as well,”I hope there isn’t a third trial but if there is Luke and I will be there again,” says Hoose.
One of the jurors who didn’t want to be identified spoke to us by phone . She said based on the circumstantial evidence she felt Rintala was not guilty,” A lot of back and forth, a lot of arguing, a lot of trying to make the point that each of us felt we needed to make and in the end there were some of us that stuck with our first impression on the trial,” says the juror.
Rintala is being held without bail until a status conference next Tuesday.