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Woman Charged With Killing Spouse In Western Mass.

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NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts woman has been charged with killing her spouse.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old Cara Rintala was arrested in Rhode Island on Wednesday after a Hampshire County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging her with the March 2010 murder of 37-year-old Annamarie Rintala at the married couple’s Granby, Mass., home.

Annamarie Rintala’s body was found in the basement of the home. Authorities said at the time that the victim, who worked as a paramedic, had been strangled.

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan says Cara Rintala had been living in Narragansett, R.I., for about the last year.

She is expected to be arraigned on a fugitive from justice charge on Thursday and could be returned to Massachusetts immediately if she waives extradition.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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