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Judge turns down defense motion to dismiss murder charge after 2 hung juries in woman's case


NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts — A judge has turned down a defense request to dismiss a murder charge against a woman accused of killing her wife, following two mistrials in the case.

The Northwestern district attorney's office said Tuesday that Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup issued the ruling Monday in the case of Cara Rintala. Prosecutors had opposed the motion, filed in April.

Rintala, a paramedic, is accused of strangling Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, also a paramedic, at their Granby home in 2010.

Two juries have been unable to reach verdicts in her case.

Defense lawyers said there was little evidence pointing to their client, and that police failed to investigate other possible suspects. Rup said prosecutors have presented sufficient evidence for a retrial.

Rintala has been free on $150,000 bail. A pretrial hearing is scheduled Oct. 22.

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