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In 2010, Annamarie Cochran was killed by her domestic partner, Cara Rintala . Cochran was strangled, beaten, thrown downstairs, and covered in paint to destroy evidence.
The Massachusetts couple (both EMTs) evidently had disputes over money and infidelity. Despite a tumultuous relationship, they continued to live together until the murder.
Rintala was convicted in 2016 after two mistrials. She was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. In 2019, Rintala’s request for a new trial was denied .
Domestic violence within the LGBTQ community is not often addressed.
Prevalence rates are difficult to come by, since heterosexual women are primarily targeted for intimate partner violence screening and intervention . However, LGBTQ rates are believed to be slightly higher than those among heterosexual couples . Continue reading