Jury in Cara Lee Rintala murder trial to resume deliberations Monday
Cara Lee Rintala, left, consults her lawyer Luke Ryan during a short break period, Thursday, in the Cara Lee Rintala murder trial on March 7, 2013. SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »
NORTHAMPTON — It will be at least next week before a jury reaches a verdict in the Cara Lee Rintala murder trial.
Cara Rintala has pleaded not guilty to the strangulation and beating death of her wife Annamarie Cochrane Rintala in the basement of their Granby home March 29, 2010. The jury began deliberations Thursday afternoon. Talks Friday concluded without a decision.
Deliberations continue Monday. Testimony in the trial began on Feb. 20 and concluded Thursday morning.
Prosecutors argued Cara Rintala and her wife were in a tumultuous relationship, racked with strife and debt. They alleged she strangled Annamarie Rintala to death and attempted to cover up evidence and establish an alibi before returning home in the evening and discovering the body.
Rintala’s defense attorney, David Hoose of Northampton, claimed the evidence was circumstantial and the investigation into her wife’s death was flawed.
Rintala faces life in prison without parole if convicted of first degree murder. If convicted of second degree murder, she may be eligible for parole in 15 years.