Judge Denies Bail for Cara Rintala

Cara Rintala, a Granby, Massachusetts woman accused of murdering her wife in 2010 was denied bail today at Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Rintala’s murder trial ended in a mistrial earlier this month after a twelve-member jury in Hampshire Superior Court was unable to come to a unanimous verdict. The case is notable for being the first homicide charge between a married same-sex couple in the state.

Judge Mary Lou Rup ruled that Rintala will continue to be held without the right to bail without prejudice, which means bail could be reconsidered at a later date. The ruling came after the defense argued for Rintala to be released on $100,000 bail, and the prosecution argued she should remain in custody. Defense attorney David Hoose called Judge Rup’s ruling “very disappointing.”

“We were all optimistic that it was a reasonable proposal, and that we have a good judge, a reasonable judge, put a reasonable proposal before her, for whatever reason she didn’t think it was enough,” Hoose says.

During the hearing both sides tentatively agreed on a re-trial date for October or January of 2014. The date depends on Hoose’s schedule, which includes several upcoming major trials. Prosecutor Steven Gagne says he was pleased with Judge Rup’s decision, and is ready to go forward with a re-trial.

“We’re taking a look at the entire case, both from our side and the defense tactics that were used during the trial, there’s always an opportunity for tweaking or revision, but I don’t expect any major overhauls.”

A hearing deciding the trial date is scheduled for July 11th. As she was ushered out of the court room, Rintala was heard saying “where’s my rights.”