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DA’s office seeks third Rintala murder trial

NORTHAMPTON — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office intends to try Cara Lee Rintala on first-degree murder for a third time.

According to a statement from the DA’s office, the third trial is being pursued to achieve justice for murder victim Annamarie (Cochrane) Rintala, Cara Lee Rintala’s wife. Annamarie Rintala was murdered in her Granby home in October 2010.

The trial may be held this year.

This time around, however, the district attorney is not seeking bail withheld.

“The Commonwealth believes that the interests of fairness and justice would be served by admitting the defendant to $150,000 cash bail, with numerous conditions being imposed upon her release should she post that bail,” according to the statement, which came out Tuesday afternoon.

Bail conditions requested by the district attorney’s office include that Rintala must submit to 24-hour-a-day GPS monitoring; reside in western Massachusetts; abide by a 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew; not leave the state; not leave Hampshire or Hampden County without prior approval by the Probation Department; surrender her passport; check in with Hampshire Superior Court Probation Department once a week, in person; and maintain the custody and visitation arrangements currently in place with respect to Annamarie’s parents’ access to their granddaughter.

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