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College Instructor ‘Sweetheart’ Karen Read Charged With Mowing Down Cop Boyfriend, Murder Trial Day 27


Testimony continues Tuesday 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 defense claimed that O’Keefe was beaten up inside his friend’s home and bitten by a dog before he left the residence.

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.

[Feature Photo: Karen Read waits as her legal team meets at the side bar during Read’s trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor’easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)]