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Second full day of jury deliberations in Cara Rintala murder trial ends without a verdict

February 22, 2013 - Northampton, Mass. - Photo by Michael S. Gordon/The Republican - Cara L. Rintala watches as the jury enters the Hampshire Superior Courtroom Friday.  Rintala is accused of killing her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala.

February 22, 2013 - Northampton, Mass. - Photo by Michael S. Gordon/The Republican - Cara L. Rintala watches as the jury enters the Hampshire Superior Courtroom Friday. Rintala is accused of killing her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala. Purchase photo reprints »

Cara Rintala, 46, formerly of Granby, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in connection with the strangulation death of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, in the basement of the couple’s Barton Street home March 29, 2010.

After 12 days of testimony, jurors deliberated for about 45 minutes Thursday, and returned Friday for their first full-day session.

Defense lawyer David Hoose of Northampton argued during the trial that the investigation into Annamarie Rintala’s death was flawed, unjustly focused on his client and paid too little attention to other potential suspects.

Prosecutors allege that after a tumultuous relationship that included mutual divorce filings and restraining orders, Cara Rintala ended her wife’s life and attempted to cover up her involvement.

They cite as factors the couple’s nearly $100,000 worth of debt and arguments over custody of their 2½-year-old daughter in the event of a split.

Cara Rintala faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of first-degree murder.

Deliberations are scheduled to resume this morning.

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