SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) – “Gruesome. Heartbreaking. Very intense at times and very frustrating at others.”
A summary from a juror – who wanted to remain anonymous – of the Cara Rintala retrial.
A person charged with making the weighty decision of guilt or innocence.
She was one of 12 who began deliberating Rintala’s fate on Tuesday January 28th.
By Friday, jurors sent a note to the judge saying they were at an impasse – deadlocked 8 to 4.
“A lot of back and forth. A lot of arguing. A lot of trying to make the point that each of us needed to make. And in the end there were some of us that stuck with our first impression of the trial.”
For this juror, that impression was not guilty. After weeks of testimony in this second murder trial… it all came down to evidence, or in her mind, lack of it.
“What they wanted us to do was take the evidence they had given us. Which there was very little of. There was a timeline between 1 and 7 o’clock at night. Could have done this. May have done this… but had nothing definitive. There was nothing concrete that said to me absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt she did it.”
And so this retrial ended the same as the first - without a unanimous decision: a mistrial
How each of the men and women of the jury felt about it, that’s unknown.
But for one… it’s a personal verdict without regrets.
“I am at peace with myself with the decision I made. I have no doubts in my mind.”