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College Instructor ‘Sweetheart’ Karen Read Charged With Mowing Down Cop Boyfriend, Murder Trial Day 26


Testimony continues Monday morning in the Karen Read murder trial.

A Norfolk County grand jury in Massachusetts indicted Read in 2022 on murder, motor vehicle manslaughter, and leaving the scene of a collision causing death charges. She’s accused of killing her boyfriend, John O’Keefe, a Boston police officer.

Read was initially arrested on manslaughter charges after she allegedly hit O’Keefe with her SUV, then left him for dead outside a friend’s residence in Canton. Police said the incident happened after Read had a night out involving drinking.

Read pleaded not guilty to the charges and claimed that she’s been framed.

The prosecution, however, asserted that Read’s SUV was damaged when she reversed into O’Keefe on Fairview Road. They argued that she left him for dead in a snowbank outside another officer’s home in the early hours of January 29, 2022.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper Joe Paul resumed his testimony on Monday, after taking the stand Friday. Paul testified that Read’s SUV, reversing at speeds up to 24 mph, struck O’Keefe, projecting him over 30 feet.