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Rintala to be tried for third time, bail set

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Prosecutors in the Cara Rintala murder trial announced just a short time ago that they will retry the case against her. Prosecutors want to see a third trial happen this year. 

Both the prosecution and the defense reconvened today after a week of consulting with family members. 

Rintala is accused of killing her wife Anna Marine Cochrane in 2010 in their Granby home. Since then, Rintala has been tried twice, but the jury deadlocked each time, first last march then again last week.

At the status conference today in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton, prosecutors said they will try her for a third time in the hopes of getting a conviction.

Rintala has been granted a $150,000 bail while she awaits her next trial with a condition that she not leave the state.

First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven Gagne sent a statement to CBS 3 reading, "the Northwestern District Attorney's Office remains steadfastly committed to achieving justice for Annamarie (Cochrane) Rintala, and her family, in connection with her March 29, 2010, murder in the town of Granby. Toward that end, the Commonwealth intends to move forward with its prosecution of the first-degree murder indictment that the Hampshire Grand Jury issued against Cara Lee Rintala in October 2011, in the hopes of retrying the case later this year."

We are awaiting a statement from the defense.

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