BOSTON (WWLP) - Cara Rintala will remain in jail until her retrial for her wife's murder begins, after a judge on the state's highest court has rejected her request for bail.
Mary Carey of the Northwestern District Attorney's Office notified 22News that a Supreme Judicial Court justice rejected Rintala's request without holding a hearing.
Rintala has been in jail since October of 2011, when she was indicted for the killing of Annamarie Cochrane Rintala at their Granby home in March of 2010. She was put on trial earlier this year, but a Northampton jury failed to come to a unanimous verdict, and Judge Mary Lou Rup declared a mistrial.
Rintala has twice since sought to be released on $250,000 cash bail since the mistrial was declared, but both times Rup has refused, according to Carey.
The bail conditions Rintala was requesting would have also included submitting to GPS monitoring while she lived in western Massachusetts.
Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Stephen Gagne had argued among other things that Rintala has a great incentive to run away, since she could face life in prison if convicted.
The Rintala trial received attention well beyond western Massachusetts, as it was the first murder trial in the state involving a legally-married same sex couple.