Judge again denies bail for murder suspect Cara Lee Rintala while awaiting new trial in 2010 slaying
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 »
NORTHAMPTON — Cara Lee Rintala will remain behind bars while she awaits a new trial in the 2010 slaying of her wife.
Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Rup, who presided over Rintala’s trial earlier this year on a charge of murder in connection with the death of Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, denied a motion to set bail for Rintala at $250,000.
The motion to set bail was filed last week by Rintala’s attorney, David Hoose of Northampton.
According to the motion, members of Rintala’s family, members of her church and other supporters helped raise enough money to post the bail if it were to be granted.
The motion also suggested additional conditions of release including Rintala residing in Ludlow and being monitored electronically, by GPS or both.
Prosecutors objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charge and the potential life sentence Rintala faces if she’s convicted.
First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven Gagne has said the state is ready to bring Rintala back to trial as soon as possible. Hoose said, depending on his schedule, he may not be available to defend Rintala in a new trial until January.
Rintala, 46, has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of murder in connection with the death of her wife. After about 30 hours of deliberations, her trial ended with a hung jury in March, prompting Rup to declare a mistrial.
Rintala, 46, has been held without the right to bail since her indictment in October 2011.
She unsuccessfully tried to have bail set at $100,000 shortly after the conclusion of her trial.
A status hearing in the case is set for July 11.
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