Rintala Retrial to Begin This Week

Jury selection begins Tuesday in the re-trial of a Granby, Massachusetts, woman accused of killing her wife in 2010. A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the murder trial of Cara Rintala last year.

When the jury deadlocked last March, Judge Mary Lou Rup called a mistrial, and Rintala has been held without bail since.

The murder case is the first of its kind between a married same sex couple in Massachusetts, and has received significant media attention. But seeing media coverage of last year’s trial won’t disqualify potential jurors, according to a spokesperson for the Northwest District Attorney’s office, though they will be asked their opinions on gay marriage and adoption.

Rintala’s defense lawyer says he hopes to begin opening statements by Friday.