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Rintala Re-Trial Takes Toll on Both Families

Cara Rintala

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The retrial of Cara Rintala on charges of  murdering her wife Annamarie Cochrane Rintala has taken an emotional toll on both families.

On Tuesday, Judge Mary-Lou Rup declared a mistrial in the case after the jury came back and said they were deadlocked 8 to 4.

This was the second mistrial in the case. The first one was declared last March.

Both sides are emotionally drained after another grueling trial and nearly a week of jury deliberations.

“The human toll on everybody involved in this case is just enormous,” says Defense Attorney David Hoose.

Hoose has represented Cara Rintala in both trials.

“It’s extraordinarily difficult. She spent every cent she had on the first trial, her parents are retired, they’re not wealthy people, they spent a substantial portion of their retirement,” says Hoose.

On the other side, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala’s family had to hear the details of their daughter’s murder, not once, but twice, in the courtroom.

“It’s heartbreaking. They have poured their hearts and souls, into this from the day they found out on April 2, 2010 that their daughter and sister had been strangled to death. This has consumed their lives,” says Prosecutor Steven Gagne.

Hoose adds there’s another victim in this case – a young girl.

“The unspoken part of this is there’s a 7-year-old child out there, They’re doing everything they can to protect Briana from any of this which, as she gets older, gets more and more difficult,” says David Hoose.

In the meantime, the family of Annamarie Cochrane Rintala looks for justice.

“This process has taken an enormous toll on them, but they appear to be in this for the long haul, and I haven’t sensed anything in their resolve or dedication to stop their fight to see justice achieved for Annamarie,” says Prosecutor Steven Gagne.

Gagne says the DA’s office will take about a week to assess what happened and then determine if they’ll go ahead with another trial.


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