Mass. Woman To Stand Trial For Murdering Wife in Milestone Case

By Winston Gieseke

Originally published on February 24 2012 9:10 PM ET

Cara Lee Rintala, 45, is currently awaiting trial for killing her wife in Massachusetts’s first ever same-sex spouse murder case.

On March 29, 2010, police found Cara cradling the lifeless body of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, 37, in the basement of their home in Granby. In October 2011, 19 months later, Cara was arrested and charged with strangling Annamarie.

Police say the lengthy time period between the crime and the arrest was not due to a lack of evidence but simply a case of logistics.

According to the Boston Globe, the Rintalas, who had been together since 2004, had a rocky relationship that included accusations of domestic violence, at least one arrest of Cara for striking Annamarie, non-finalized divorce filings, and multiple restraining orders from each side.

Cara has denied any involvement in the murder.

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