NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - A Northampton jury has failed to come to an unanimous verdict in the state's first ever trial of a woman accused of killing her lawful wife.
After more than 200 hours of court time, more than 100 pieces of evidence presented and four days of deliberation, Hampshire County Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Rup has declared a mistrial in the Cara Rintala case.
The jury's foreman told Rup shortly before 3:00 Wednesday afternoon that the jury was unable to render a verdict, and were unanimous in their belief that they won't be able to do so. The jury refused to continue deliberating; forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.
Cara Rintala is accused of killing her wife, Annamarie Cochran Rintala, inside their Granby home in 2010. During a news conference after the trial, First Assistant District Attorney David Gagne told 22News they have no idea what hung up the jury.
"We have no idea what the sticking point was, or what any sort of divide may have been. It could have been 11 to one, it could have been six to six; only the jurors know at this point," Gagne said.
Prosecutors say they are ready for a re-trial. Rintala is still being held without the right to bail pending a bail hearing next Monday at Franklin County Superior Court.
During the trial, Prosecutors had tried to portray the marriage as troubled; citing two divorce filings, a prior separation, and tens of thousands of dollars in debt.
Rintala's attorney, David Hoose, told jurors that Cara Rintala was financially responsible, while Annamarie was deceitful and irresponsible.