Cara Rintala Trial: Live updates from Da...
8:59 a.m. Good morning. Fred Contrada signing on for Masslive coverage of the Cara Rintala murder trial. Waiting for the judge and jury.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:00 
9:01 a.m. Judge Mary-Lou Rup has asked to see counsel at sidebar. Often, matters come up overnight that need to be discussed. It might involve a juror or a piece of evidence or a witness or just about anything. We in court don't know unless the judge says something about it in public.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:03 
9:03 a.m. In the traditional course of reporting, reporters often spend time looking at jurors and other people in court to see their reactions. This seldom rises to the level of news, but it can help your understanding of the course of the trial. Because of the focus needed for live blogging and the seating arrangement, I have not been able to do as much of this.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:06 
9:06 a.m. Rup asks the usual morning question: Has any juror seen or read anything about this case? No one responded in the affirmative. According to Rup, there will be a brief wtiness, then a longer testimony that will include a 2 1/2-hour video of a police interview with the defendant.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:09 
9:08 a.m. Prosecutor Steven Gagne calls Granby police Det. Barbara Fenn to the stand. Fenn was at the gym when she was called in for a suspicious death on March 29, 2010. She went to 18 Barton St. She knew the house because she knew Annamarie and Cara Rintala. Fenn got there at 8:30 p.m. She found Cara and Gene Os, a paramedic, at the kitchen table.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:13 
9:13 a.m. Cara appeared to have been crying, Fenn said. She saw paint on her and red blood smears on the floor. Fenn did not go into the basement. Fenn was asked to sit with Rintala. She told Cara police needed to seize her clothing. Rintala removed her clothes and put them in paper bags, which were turned over to state police. Cara, accompanied by police, put on clean clothes in her bedroom.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:19 
9:18 a.m. Lt. Fenn testified that she and a state police detective went next door to the Dupuis house to speak with Brianna, the daughter of Annamarie and Cara. Brianna would not talk. Fenn went back to the Rintala house. Later she interviewed her at the Granby police station.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:23 
9:22 a.m. Fenn did some investigative follow-up in April, she said. She got surveillance video from five sources out of 10 she solicited. The videos were turned over to the state police. Fenn said state police were essentially in charge of the operation, telling Granby what they needed them to do. Fenn used a measuring wheel to gauge the distance from the Rintala to the Dupuis house (184 feet).
Friday February 22, 2013 9:27 
9:27 a.m. Gagne is asking Fenn about distances between various points. Investigators use this information to calculate how long it would take someone to get from point A to point B.
Hoose on cross now.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:28 
9:28 a.m. Hoose: You didn't know where the blood you saw came from.
Fenn: Correct.
Hoose: When you sat with Cara, she was talking about the texting regarding Ann and Mike, right?
Fenn: Yes.
Hoose: It was essentially an argument via texting.
Fenn: Yes.
Hoose: Cara gave you her phone, right?
Fenn: Yes.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:32 
9:32 a.m. Hoose: Cara cooperated?
Fenn: Yes.
Hoose: She didn't appear to be hiding anything when she disrobed in front of you.
Fenn: No.
Hoose: Cara walked naked from the bathroom to the bedroom.
Fenn: Yes.
Hoose: You watched her pick out new clothes and dress.
Fenn: Yes.
Hoose: Cara agreed to let you talk to and record her daughter.
Fenn: Yes.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:37 
9:36 a.m. Hoose asks about the unproductive police interview with Brianna.
Gagne on redirect. Fenn leaves the stand.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:39 
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Can the jurors take notes during the proceedings?
Friday February 22, 2013 9:39 Guest
9:39 a.m. The jurors are encouraged by the judge to take notes.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:40 
9:39 a.m. State police Det. Lt. Robin Whitney on the stand. She has been 30 years with the state police. Whitney is currently the head of the state police detective unit connected to the Northwestern DA's office. That unit investigates the major crimes in Hampshire and Franklin counties. There are 15 troopers assigned to the unit. That unit responds to the scene whenever there is a suspicious death.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:45 
9:44 a.m. Whitney has overseen more than 20 homicides. The unit responds to nearly 200 unattended deaths every year, Whitney said.
Gagne asks about March 29, 2010.
Whitney testified that she sent Trooper Jamie Magarian to Barton St., in part because he lives close to the scene. When Magarian reported back, Whitney decided to go to the scene herself. She put on a special foot covering and gloves before going inside the house.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:49 
9:49 a.m. Inside, Whitney looked down the stairs, could see feet in the basement. She said she went into the living room and saw Rintala. Whitney pointed out Rintala in court. Whitney went next door to speak with Brianna, who was 2 1/2 at the time. She also spoke with the Dupuis. Brianna, the Rintala's adopted daughter, was tired and did not want to engage in conversation, Whitney said.
Whitney went back to the Rintala house and asked Cara to come to the Granby PD.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:54 
9:53 a.m. Whitney drove to the Granby police station with Cara, a ten minute ride. No conversation on the way, Whitney said. Whitney interviewed Rintala for about 2 1/2 hours. Det. Fenn was present. Whitney used her own digital recorded in addition to the equipment at Granby PD for possible use as a back-up.
Gagne is about to play the video.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:58 
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Fred, are teh witnesses kept out of the courtroom untill called?
Friday February 22, 2013 9:58 Guest
9:58 p.m. Yes, the witnesses are sequestered so they do not hear each other's testimony. Sometimes the court allows an investigator who will testify to be at the prosecution table throughout the trial.
Friday February 22, 2013 9:59 
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Do you know if any of the other Officers, Emt's used foot coverings before entering?
Friday February 22, 2013 9:59 Guest
9:59 a.m. There has been no testimony about that.
Friday February 22, 2013 10:00 
10 a.m. Rup is explaining to the jury that they may consider whether what Rintala says in the video was offered spontaneously and willfully. Jurors may consider the atmosphere in the police station and whether or not it was coercive. They make take into account Rintala's physical and emotional condition, whether she was given her Miranda rights. These instructions were probably requested by the defense because this may be a sensitive part of the case.
Friday February 22, 2013 10:04 
10:03 a.m. Video of Rintala sitting with Whitney. Rintala is in a purple blouse, sits with hands crossed between legs. Audio is faint. Whitney is going through basic questions about names, addresses, etc.
The court is taking a brief recess so Gagne can adjust the audio. The jury can't hear.
Friday February 22, 2013 10:08 
10:39 a.m. Peoploe are filtering back into the courtroom. Presumably, the audio technical problems have been addressed.
Friday February 22, 2013 10:41 
[Comment From guestguest: ] 
When does the jury go to the Rintala house?
Friday February 22, 2013 10:41 guest
10:41 a.m. I believe the court said this will be Monday.
Friday February 22, 2013 10:42 
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Fred, do we know who Mike is that was mentioned by Hoose when questioning Fee?
Friday February 22, 2013 10:42 Guest
10:41 a.m. Why don't we wait until this comes back up at trial? There has been little mention of it.
Friday February 22, 2013 10:42 
10:43 a.m. Rup is telling the jury that the problem has been fixed with help from the court staff. Because of the interruption, there will be no 11 a.m. break. Instead, the prosecution will stop the 2 1/2 hour video around noon, take lunch then, and come back for the rest of the video.
Friday February 22, 2013 10:45 
10:45 a.m. The video resumes.
Rintala tells where she works, where Annamarie worked... Cara said she worked today... It's still hard to hear Rintala, she is sort of mumbling...Cara said she drank beer with Mike on Friday... Cara said there was domestic violence to which police have responded...She characterized this as disagreements that incoluded doubts about marriage... (Rintala is crying on the video)...
Friday February 22, 2013 10:54 
10:54 a.m. Fenn enters the interview room... Cara said adopting Brianna was "another stresser'... ANN DIDNT WANT TO WORK AND GOT HERSELF INTO FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, CARA SAYS.... BANKRUPTCIES, "THINGS FALL OFF THE TRUCK ALL THE TIME WITH HER FAMILY. tHERY HAVE A BIG HISTORY OF VIOLENCE," CARA SAYS..."They think in codes," Cara says... "I want her to work regular jobs... she doesn't want to work.. I'm trying to take care of everything"... incident in October... it would get physical... Cara was holding Brianna and there was an incident at the stove... "I'll never forget this'... "I got bamboozled"...
Friday February 22, 2013 10:59 
10:58 a.m. arguing, arguing, arguing... she goes running off with Brianna... next thing you know I was arrested... :she said I punched her with a closed fist"... "She also put her hands on me and left a mark on my neck"... I said I wasnt going to press charges.. someone was talking about homosexuals and said how could they give her (Brianna) to a woman?... Rintala, crying, says "I love her"... "I feel like I'm betraying her by tsalking about our passt stuff. This is the worst thing I can do for her is to talk bad"... "Ann has a temper... I'm not like that... I get anxious"... "I feel like I can't get out of my own way. I felt bullied in my own house"... I went to get a restraining order... she got there first and put a restraining order on me... I didn't do anything
Friday February 22, 2013 11:05 
11:04 a.m. "I love her. She's mostly good. I feel terrible for saying things about her"... she chest-bumped a porter on our cruise.;.. police got involved... I started not puting up with the name-calling and yelling... Ann managed to get into fights with all my family... my friends are trying to understand why I'd go back... I fell like I don't have any personal space. she's always in my face... we tried everything and it doesn't work... the "Mike" thing... she doesn't trust her dad... Ann took it personally that I wanted to see friends and family... "This is the first time I'd gotten together with Mike by myself"... it'snot sexual with Mike, who works with her, just friends...
Friday February 22, 2013 11:12 
11:12 a.m. Mike shows up with some beer... Ann calls... there's nothng wrong with it... I said right away, "Mike's here"... she was so mad... she texts me the worst things all the time...Mike left, couple beers, I went to bed... (Rintala cries) "I can't believe it"... "Ann is a very loud person as far as yelling, swearing, throwing things"... it scares Brianna... Ann;s stubborn... the other night she told me she wants a dog, Cara didnt want a second dog... I filed for divorced, told Ann "I fell like you buly me. I feel like you say mean things to me. She just got angry, had me served the very same day"
Friday February 22, 2013 11:19 
11:19 a.m. Rintala tells Whitney Ann took out a credit card in her name... I found some bills in my name, she took out a $25,000 loan... she cleaned out Brianna's savings bank... Ann loves jewelry, her glasses are $600, she told me. I don't understand that... "I feel like I betrayed her. I love her."... she took a couple thousand dollars from my retirement fund... When I confronted her she said, "Oh yeah, a check came by, I didn't know for who"...When Ann opened her account at United Bank she put my name on it, I didn't know, that's how they got the $25K loan, with my social security number...
Friday February 22, 2013 11:25 
11:25 a.m. Rintala tells Whitney she did not want to press charges against Annamarie... "What does that do? I love Ann. She makes bad choices but you know what, I've forgiven them"... Cara pays $409 a month for Ann's debts... Ann wanted a top of the line Honda... If she can't pay the loan, Cara has to supplement because the loan is in her name... "I know she doesn't do drugs, no way"... Ann said she paid off school with the $25K...
Friday February 22, 2013 11:29 
11:29 a.m. Video of Trooper Whitney interviewing Cara Rintala.
Cara: I found out the hard way about all the bad things she had... Ann had a certain kind of premium credit card...
Whitney: You think Ann gambled the $25K away?
Cara says she checks her credit all the time... she doesnt want to know what Ann does... Ann bought herself this ring, comes home with new jewelry all the time... this monster rock... "She doesnt tell me how much things cost cause I dont want to know"...
Friday February 22, 2013 11:34 
11:34 a.m. Rintal video continues...
Cara says she and Ann were texting... (cries) "There's a part of her that's really hard. When she wants to be she's so charming"... "I really feel like I got bamboozled a lot"... we can't afford another dog. We had two and it didn't work... Ann promised Brianna they were going to get a puppy... I can't share this stuff with my family... Her texts get mean and pointed...
Friday February 22, 2013 11:43 
11:42 a.m. The interview video...
Talking about Brianna, her room, water painting with her... Brianna is rambunctous, can't get her to stop jumpingon the bed... Ann says to Cara "Can you just go to the mall or whatever?" because Brianna was rambunctous.... (Rintala cries when describing saying goodbye to Ann that day, March 29)... "Goodbye, see you later, you know?" (cried) Noo kiss you, love you, nothing...
Friday February 22, 2013 11:52 
11:52 a.m. Rintala interviews, She's talking about where she and Brianna wet after leaving Ann on the day shye was killed... Cara and Brianna went to Target, she says, but decided instead to get socks at the mall in Holyoke...Brianna is hungry... went to stores in the mall...The Gap... decided to go to Burger King for mac and cheese... in Chicopee... went to McDonalds in Holyoke... we pulled in and Brianna said she wanted mac and cheese... still need to go grocery shopping
Friday February 22, 2013 12:00 
12 p.m. Video continues
Rintala tells Trooper Whitney the route she took to get groceries on March 29, 2010, the day of the murder... Brianna gettingt cranky... she ate a banana... headed home from Stop & Shop... wasnt able to get ahood of Ann... thinking of eating at Red Robin...
Half way through video, the court recesses for lunch. Back at 1 p.m.
Friday February 22, 2013 12:04 
1:05 p.m. Court is back in session. Rup is at sidebar with counsel. They have called in one of the jurors but I do not know what the issue is.
Friday February 22, 2013 1:07 
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Will the jurors go inside the home?
Friday February 22, 2013 1:07 Guest
1:07 p.m. Yes.
Friday February 22, 2013 1:07 
1:07 p.m. Video resumes of Cara Rintala police interview with Trooper Robin Whitney
Cara is talking about Brianna, the daughter she and Annamarie adopted. We're about half-way though a 2 hour video at the Granby police station on March 29, 2010.
When Cara got home, she called out to Ann. (cries) Door was a bit open, she said. "I thought she was waiting for us."
Whitney: So you go in the door.
Cara: It hit the basement door... yelled "marco!" waiting for Ann to say "Polo!"... Ann is usually downstairs. That's where we have all of our uniforms....
Ann was wearing sweats when we left...
Friday February 22, 2013 1:13 
1:12 P.M. Interview continues...
Whitney is prompting Cara to talk about what she saw when she got home.
"We came into the kitchen yelling 'Marco!' The door was open and I could see a foot. I freaked out."... I didn't know what to do.... wanted to scream... banged on neighbor's window... told him to call 911... ran back to house
I tripped... "I landed on her"... I screamed (cries, distraught)... "Not moving"... "I wanted to turn her over. She was cold. She was cold. She was cold, cold."...
Whitney: What do you think happened?
Cara: I don't know. That's just it... (people in court are crying)...
Cara: I fell like you're pointing your queswtions at me, that I had something to do with it.
Whitney: No, but you said you'd been fighting all day. You said you had a fight like before but not like today's fight.
Friday February 22, 2013 1:18 
1:18 p.m. Rintala still talking to police in video, says her fights with Ann not crazy like they used to be... Ann gets very upset if I go out. She needs constant reinforcement... We've gotten a lot better... She calms down on her own, that's completely different (after therapy)...
Whitney asks if there was blood on Ann's clothes, if Cara remembers how she lost her shoes... Whitney draw sa stick figure of the body... How did you try to rturn her... Cara said she tried her arms, then her legs... "My legs were straight out and she was laying on me"... Cara puts face in hands and yells "God! Goddamn!"
Friday February 22, 2013 1:24 
1:23 p.m. (Rintala weeps in video)...
Whitney asks where the paint was. Cara says on the floor, that Ann's father had given them the paint...
Whitney" How did the paint get open?
Cara: I dont know.
Cara doesnt know why Ann was down the cellar, why she'd have the paint out... Then she says Ann asked her to paint the ceiling before Brianna's brithday...
Friday February 22, 2013 1:28 
1:27 p.m. Video continues...
Cara does not why why Ann just had a bra on and no shirt...
Whitney: Would someone hurt her?
Cara: I can't see that
Whitney: What do you think happened
Cara: If I had to guess, she fell down the stairs.
Whitney: That doesn't make any sense. (Whitney leaves the room. Det. Fenn asks Cara if she wants water).
Cara cries, says she hasn't had any support, feels like see's having the finger pointed at her... Cara says Ann always had fights at work...
Ann always wanted us to to down to Mohegan Sun before we had Brianna...
Friday February 22, 2013 1:36 
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