RI Woman Arrested For Strangling Wife To Death In Massachusetts

            A Rhode Island woman is arrested and charged with killing her wife, a year and a half after the murder. Police say 45-year-old Cara Rintala strangled her Annamarie Cochrane Rintala in their Western Massachusetts home. 

            The Northwestern district attorney's office announced Wednesday that Rintala would be charged with her wife's murder. Police say Rintala had been a suspect all along and the reason this indictment took so long, prosecutors say is because they wanted to be certain they had all the evidence they needed to put her away for good.

             We've learned the couples relationship had been violent in the past.  In 2008, Rintala was arrested for punching Annamarie during an argument. A year later, Annamarie filed for divorce.  Annamarie Rintala was found strangled to death in the basement of her home in Western Massachusetts last March, after a neighbor called 9-1-1.

             Rintala was arrested by Narragansett police last night. Detective Lieutenant Sean Corrigan says they've been keeping an eye on Rintala ever since Granby police told them a suspect in a murder case moved to their town

             Corrigan says, “a murderer looks just like any other person you're going to see on the street really especially with a crime of passion like this.”

              Rintala was a paramedic, raising the couples adopted daughter, who is now in the custody of Rintala's parents. 

               Rintala's death is the first murder involving a same sex couple since Massachusetts passed gay marriage in 2004. Rintala was arraigned in Massachusetts this afternoon and is being held without bond until Monday at 2pm when she'll have a bail hearing at the Hampshire Superior Court.