The Associated Press

Opening Statements Set In Mass. Same-Sex Marriage Murder Trial

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — A jury was set to hear opening statements Wednesday morning in the case of a Granby woman accused of strangling her wife.

The Northwestern District Attorney’s office says the lawyers’ openings in the trial of Cara Rintala will be heard in Hampshire Superior Court. Jury selection began last week.

Rintala is accused of killing former paramedic Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, who was found dead in the basement of the couple’s home in 2010. Rintala was arrested in Rhode Island in 2011.

Prosecutors say the couple had a stormy relationship and financial woes.

They say the case is the first since gay marriage began in Massachusetts in 2004 in which a woman is charged with murdering her lawful wife.

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