Rintala case to be featured on Discovery

  • Courtesy photos of Annamarie Cochrane Rintala Courtesy photos

  • Northampton defense attorney Luke Ryan speaks to Cara Rintala during her trial in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton last year. The case will be the subject of a show on the Discovery Channel Sunday. pool photo/file

Published: 9/14/2017 9:07:34 PM

GRANBY — The murder conviction of Cara Rintala, who in 2016 was found guilty of strangling her wife to death in their Granby home, has garnered plenty of media attention.

On Sunday, the latest coverage will air: an episode of Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall.”

The TV show will take a look at the case, in which Annamarie Cochrane Rintala was found beaten and strangled to death at the bottom of her basement staircase in March 2010. That day, emergency officials arrived on the scene to find Cara Rintala cradling her wife’s body, whose face and neck were badly bruised, a coat of paint poured over her body.

The episode will feature interviews with Annamarie’s friends and family, local figures involved in the case and former Gazette reporter Michael Majchrowicz, who covered Rintala’s conviction. Rintala, who maintained her innocence throughout, was tried three times for her wife’s murder, the first two trials resulting in deadlocked juries in 2013 and 2014. 

During the monthlong third trial in 2016, prosecutors characterized the couple’s relationship as tumultuous and dysfunctional, citing divorce filings, jealous text messages, violent arguments and multiple instances of police involvement.

Convicted of first-degree murder, Rintala was given a sentence of life in prison.

The episode of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall will air on Investigation Discovery on Sunday at 10 p.m.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.



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