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Cara Rintala to remain behind bars until second trial


Cara Rintala wept as she was lead out of a courtroom in handcuffs after she was denied the right to bail on Monday.

"Very disappointed to say in two words," said Rintala's defense attorney, David Hoose.

Rintala is accused of strangling her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, in their Granby home in March 2010.

"We are pleased with decision to keep Rintala in prison without bail," said First Assistant District Attorney, Steven Gagne.

This was the first same-sex marriage murder trial for Massachusetts.

Rintala's case was declared a mistrial on March 13 after a jury said they could not agree on a verdict.

On Monday, defense attorneys asked Judge Mary-Lou Rup to release Rintala on $100,000 cash bail.

The defense also offered housing arrangements to have Rintala live in Ludlow instead of with her family in Rhode Island and an agreement to wear a GPS monitoring device.

But Judge Rup said she did not believe that was sufficient enough and denied Rintala's right to bail without prejudice.

"It's hard for me to understand, but judge has the authority to make the decision," Hoose said.

Rintala has spent the last 19 months in jail and will remain there until her retrial begins.

"The Cochrane family wants justice for their daughter Anne, but wheels of justice grind slowly and we'll be ready for trial whenever that day comes," explained Gagne.

The earliest Rintala can be tried is October with the latest being January.

Both attorneys will meet on July 11 to set a date for the trial to begin.

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