Cara Lee Rintala makes second attempt to have judge set bail

Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013
NORTHAMPTON — Cara Lee Rintala is asking a judge to set her bail to $250,000 while she awaits a new trial.

Rintala, 46, formerly of Granby, is accused of the strangulation and beating death of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, 37, in the couple’s home March 29, 2010.

The motion, filed by her attorney David Hoose, of Northampton Thursday asks the court to set Rintala’s bail at $250,000 cash bail — she is now being held without bail. Hoose suggests the conditions of bail be that she reside in Ludlow, be subject to either electronic or GPS monitoring, or both, and whatever other conditions the court imposes.

In the motion, Hoose said that Rintala’s family, friends and members of her church have all helped raise the money and “support Ms. Rintala’s release.”

The Northwestern District Attorney’s office is asking the court to deny bail, citing the seriousness of the charge and the potential life sentence Rintala faces if convicted.

Rintala has been held without bail since shortly after her indictment on a charge of murder in October, 2011.

She pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in a trial that ended without a verdict March 13. The jury deadlocked after about 30 hours of deliberations, prompting the declaration of a mistrial.

Previously Rintala unsuccessfully petitioned the court to set bail for her at $100,000.

A status hearing in the case was set for July 11.

It’s not clear if the matter of bail will be taken up at that hearing or if a separate hearing date will be set.

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