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Trial of Cara Lee Rintala, accused of killing her wife in 2010, scheduled to begin Feb. 11.

Jury selection in the case of Cara Lee Rintala is expected to begin Feb. 11, 2013, according to First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven Gagne.

Rintala, 46, did not appear at a court hearing Monday and has been jailed since her arraignment in October, when she pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Annamarie Cochrane Rintala.

Annamarie Rintala, 37, was found dead in the basement of the couple’s Barton Street home March 29, 2010.

The trial is expected to last four to five weeks, according to Gagne and defense attorney David Hoose of Northampton.

Gagne said he plans on calling 15 to 20 witnesses and taking the jury to see the couple’s home.

Gagne and Hoose had hoped the case would go to trial in November, but delays in DNA testing prevented that.

An evidentiary hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

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