Forensic testing complete in Cara Lee Rintala murder case, trial expected to begin Feb. 11
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NORTHAMPTON — Lawyers for both sides in the upcoming murder trial of Cara Lee Rintala said Thursday that forensic testing has been completed and the trial, which could run five weeks, is expected to begin next month.
Rintala, 46, formerly of Granby, is accused of strangling and beating her wife, 37-year-old Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, to death in the couple’s Barton Street home March 29, 2010.
Rintala has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder and has been held since her arraignment in October 2012.
First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven Gagne told Hamsphire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup in court Thursday that with forensic testing complete, his office is waiting for the data and supporting paperwork to arrive from the state crime lab.
Gagne said there is nothing surprising or “game changing” in the crime lab results that should require any additional testing, nor should it push back the planned Feb. 11 start date for the trial.
Rintala’s attorney, David Hoose of Northampton, agreed.
Both attorneys told Rup they expect the trial to last four to five weeks.
Pretrial hearings were set for Jan. 11 and a Feb. 5.
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