Cara Rintala

Cara Rintala is accused in the death of her wife Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, who was found beaten and strangled in the basement of the couple's Granby home on March 29, 2010. According to the medical examiner's ruling, Annamarie died of manual strangulation. The proceeding will make the mother of one, only the second person in the state's recent history to stand trial for murder four times. Cara Rintala's first trial in 2013 and second trial in 2014 ended in mistrials because the deadlocked juries could not reach a unanimous verdict. At her third trial in 2016, Cara was convicted of Annamarie's murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. That conviction, however, was overturned by Massachusetts' highest court, which stated that a witness for the prosecution who testified about paint evidence found at the scene 'lacked the necessary expertise'. According to testimony from previous trials, Cochrane-Rintala, 37, was found at the bottom of their basement staircase, beaten and bloodied, cold to the touch and covered in paint. First responders found Rintala cradling her wife at the foot of the stairs.