MA v. Karen Read: Killer or Cover-Up Murder Trial

Posted at 7:50 AM, May 15, 2024

DEDHAM, Mass. (Court TV) — The high-profile trial of a Massachusetts woman accused of killing her police officer boyfriend is underway.

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(L) Karen Read appears in court Jan. 5, 2024. (Court TV), (R) Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe (Boston Police Department)

Karen Read is charged in the death of Boston police officer John O’Keefe, who was found dead in the snow outside the home of a fellow officer in Jan. 2022. Prosecutors accuse Read of hitting O’Keefe with her car while dropping him off at a party at the residence and leaving him to die. Her attorneys allege a sloppy investigation and a cover-up.

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Read is charged with second-degree murder, motor vehicle manslaughter while driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of a collision causing injury or death. She is facing life in prison if convicted at trial.

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Read’s case has captured attention across the globe with allegations of a police cover-up orchestrated by parties with “significant relationships,” alleged “romantic entanglements” involving Read and O’Keefe, and even a blogger vocal in their defense for Read facing charges. Protesters have also taken center stage in their fight against a “buffer zone,” accusing the prosecution of going on an “unchecked bender.

DAILY TRIAL UPDATES

DAY 14 – 5/17/24

DAY 13 – 5/16/24

  • Matt McCabe who attended the after-party testified he saw the defendant’s SUV outside the house, but neither John O’Keefe or Karen Read entered the Albert house after they left the Waterfall for the Albert home.
    • McCabe said he was expecting O’Keefe to stop by because he heard his wife share location details with him and looked out the window a few times to check on his arrival.
    • He wondered what they were up to when they didn’t come inside. After a spell he checked again and when he didn’t see the car, he assumed they left.
    • Matt McCabe says Colin Albert is not at the house when he arrives.
  • On cross-examination the Defense suggests Colin Albert is an alternate suspect that was overlooked by police because of his close ties to the lead investigator’s family.
    • WATCH: Colin Albert Grilled About Proctor And Albert Families’ Close Ties
    • Defense plays for the jury two videos of Albert making threats of violence to suggest he had threatened to beat people. Albert acknowledged he was making threats to members of a hockey team but it was chest-puffing that went back and forth between them.
    • The defense also displays a picture of Colin Albert taken on Feb. 26, 2022, about a month after O’Keefe’s death, in which Albert’s right knuckles appear red and scraped. Attorney Alan Jackson ridicules his explanation that he fell on ice and landed on his knuckles.
    • Defense notes in addition to the ice incident, Albert showed up at a hearing in July of 2023 with scraped knuckles and when asked about it he said the damage to his knuckles were the result of using a heavy bag without hand protection. Defense suggests Colin Albert likes to fight, despite his denial that he has never been in a fight except with his brothers when they were younger.
    • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 13 Recap

DAY 12 – 5/15/24

  • Allison McCabe breaks down on the stand when asked about the harassment Colin and her family have been subjected to by social media trolls while the trial was pending.
    • WATCH: Witness Breaks Down On The Stand In Karen Read Trial
    • McCabe testifies that Colin was not at the house when the defense claims O’Keefe was there.
    • McCabe and Colin Albert present screen shots of the January 29 -midnight text exchange between them, where Colin asks for a ride home, and McCabe picks him up at around 12:10 AM.
  • Richard  ‘Ricky’ D’Antuono drives his friend Ryan Nagel – Julie’s brother and another passenger to pick up Ryan’s sister, Julie at 34 Fairview. They encounter an SUV that travels ahead of them and parks in front of the house. The defense acknowledges the SUV is driven by Karen Read.
    • Ryan Nagel says shortly after midnight he texts his sister that they are outside 34 Fairview. He observes only a female in the SUV parked in front of them. He sees the brake lights on, but did not see any damage to the car,  did not see anyone on the lawn or anyone get out of the car.
    • Julie Nagel comes out to the truck and talks to her brother for a few minutes, invites them in, they decline, she decides not to leave with them and goes back into the Albert Home.
    • Heather Maxon who is also in the car with D’Antuono and Nagel says she observes a female driver and a male passenger before the SUV arrives at the house. But when D’Antuono drives away from the house, she observes only the female in the SUV.
    • D’Antuono drives a Ford truck, he parks behind Read’s car. Both vehicles are facing the same direction.  No one in the truck says they saw damage to the taillights, observe anyone exit the SUV, or sees the SUV drive in reverse and strike a pedestrian.
  • Colin Albert testifies when he’s at the Albert home, he hangs out in the kitchen/dining area – does not go upstairs or into the basement.
  • A forensic scientist with a specialty in animal DNA, says she tested two swabs from a shirt and found no canine DNA – on cross defense suggests there is no insight to the swabs given to her by the Massachusetts State Police, ie she does not know what part of the shirt the DNA came from.
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 12 Recap

DAY 11 – 5/14/24

  • Jury heard from a second witness who testified that she saw a black SUV in the front of the house, first around the mailbox, then closer to the flagpole where the victim was found.
    • Julie Nagel testified that when she left the Albert home the morning of January 29, around 1:45 am, she saw a “black blob” around the flagpole area and said it was about 5 to 6 feet in length (John O’Keefe is 6’2). Nagel said she flagged it when she was in the car with Jenn and Matthew McCabe, who were giving her a lift home, but didn’t know at the time what she saw.
    • David Yanetti attacked the witness’ credibility noting she had not disclosed that observation in a previous statement to police and that she had been drinking most of the night and was impaired.
    • Yanetti also noted her close relationship with the Albert family having attended high school with Brian Albert Jr. and was friendly with his relatives and siblings. Nagel agreed she had been to the Albert home frequently and used their pool.
  • Sara Levinson who left at the same time as Nagel did not see anything unusual on the front lawn, but she was focused on what was directly ahead because she was wearing heeled boots and was worried about slipping.
  • Caitlin Albert and her boyfriend Tristin Morris were the last to leave. Caitlin wanted a ride back because she did not want to be snowed in at her parents’ home. They left close to 2:00 AM and did not see anything unusual on the lawn. She did not observe or hear anything unusual in front of her parents home.
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 11 Recap

DAY 10 – 5/13/24

  • None of the Alberts who have testified so far say they saw John O’Keefe and/or Karen Read enter their home on 34 Fairview in the early hours of January 29, 2024.
    • Brian Albert Jr. testified he was marking his 23rd birthday with friends who had joined him at the house. At some point during the gathering his friend Julie Nagel went out to speak to her brother, that’s when he observed his truck as well as a dark SUV.
    • Albert Jr. says he first noticed the SUV around the mailbox closer to the driveway then pull up closer to the flagpole after a few minutes but did not hear or see anyone get out of the vehicle.
    • All of the Alberts testified that upon arriving at the house after the Waterfall, the mood was cheerful, and everyone was having a good time.
    • On cross examination the defense tried to paint a picture that the Alberts colluded with one another to conceal Colin’s presence at the house, and that Brian Sr. had deleted the data on his phone to avoid having to turn it over to defense attorneys.
    • Brian Sr. testified he upgraded his phone and that he was unaware of any data being deleted and claimed it was a coincidence that he upgraded his phone just before prosecutors alerted him to preserve the contents of his cell phone.
    • Defense noted Albert made two calls to Brian Higgins in the middle of the night at 2:22 AM. Brian Sr. said they were butt dials, one made while he was intimate with his wife. The defense also noted that he called Higgins first before anyone else at 7:30 AM, after O’Keefe’s body had been discovered. A flurry of phone calls was exchanged between them as well as a call to the Chief of Canton P.D. The defense pointedly asked if Albert and Higgins were making the calls to get ‘their stories’ straight, Albert flatly denied the allegation.
    • The defense showed jurors a video of the path between the bulkhead doors leading out of the basement and into the front yard on the side where O’Keefe was found. The defense suggests this was one way the alleged conspirators got John O’Keefe out of the house and into that side of the yard after he had been fatally beaten.
    • Caitlin testifies she’s the last of the group to leave. On cross David Yanetti grills her about her friendship with Katie McLaughlin – the firefighter who said she heard the defendant say, “I hit him, I hit him.”
  • WATCH: Trial Exhibit: Brian Albert Appears To Talk To Karen Read At Bar
  • WATCH: Karen Read Trial: Police Respond To Media Line Over Skirmish
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 10 Recap

DAY 9 – 5/10/24

  • WATCH: ‘Some Funny Business Going On Here’: Turtleboy’s Attorney Addresses Court
  • Homeowners of the property where John O’Keefe was found–denied he stepped foot in their house on January 29, 2022.
  • Brian and Nicole Albert said they had invited their friends at the Waterfall to join them at their home– their son Brian Jr. was turning 23 years old.
  • When they (Brian Sr., Nicole, Caitlin) arrived back at 34 Fairview sometime after midnight – Colin Albert was getting ready to leave. Brian Jr. had two friends over. According to the Alberts the mood was pleasant they were talking and listening to music.
  • It had begun to snow and Brian Higgins who arrived first at the house after leaving the Waterfall cleared the driveway with a plow that he had attached to his truck to let the Alberts in. Jennifer and Matthew McCabe arrived after Higgins. But the Alberts testified John O’Keefe and Karen Read did not enter their home.
  • Brian said he let their dog out briefly to relieve herself in their fenced in back yard. He waited by the door then walked the dog upstairs to their bedroom where she liked to sleep. He said from the doorway he has no view of the front yard.
  • During the visit Brian said he and Higgins left the group for a few minutes to go upstairs to show Higgins some pictures of his son Jack, who was in the Marine Corps.
  • Higgins left the party at 1:30 AM. The McCabes left shortly afterward (approx. 1:45), followed by Caitlin who was the last to leave the house at 2:00 AM when her boyfriend picked her up. Nicole said she went to bed around 2:00 after Caitlin left.
  • On cross Nicole testified Chloe, a German Shepherd mix, injured a woman during an attack on another dog leading to the ‘rehoming’ of the dog to another state. Nicole said she made that information available but was not specific about who she told.
  • Karen Read’s defense team contends that O’Keefe was assaulted and some of his injuries resulted from a dog attack. In pretrial hearings the defense suggested the Alberts’ dog should be located to test for canine DNA on the victim’s injuries.
  • The defense has also argued that Brian Higgins, Brian Albert and Colin Albert, had motive and opportunity and any of the three or a combination of them assaulted John O’Keefe and left him to die in the cold.
  • On cross Julie Albert appeared to dodge calls from police for weeks before meeting with them on April 3rd. She also appeared to minimize her contact with Courtney Proctor, sister of the lead investigator, for whom she provided childcare.
  • Defense suggests Julie and Chris Albert were not truthful about when their son came home from 34 Fairview the morning of January 29, 2024.
  • Brian and Nicole Albert say Colin Albert was at their house but left shortly after they got home from the Waterfall shortly after midnight.
  • Brian and Nicole Albert say they were awakened later that morning between 6:00 and 6:30 to Nicole’s sister Jennifer McCabe bursting into their room to tell them that O’Keefe was found dead outside their home
  • Brian said he saw the collection of emergency vehicles outside of his house but did not go out.
  • The Alberts sold their home in April of 2023, more than a year after the incident, denied it had anything to do with O’Keefe’s death.
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 9 Recap

DAY 8 – 5/9/24

  • Christopher and Julie Albert were neighbors of John O’Keefe, Chris testified they were friends and looked after O’Keefe’s house when he was away.
    • WATCH: Karen Read Defense Questions Chris Albert On Timeline
    • John O’Keefe and Karen Read joined the Alberts at the Waterfall Bar on January 28, 2022– Chris Albert said he was one of the last people to leave the bar and observed no strife between the couple.
    • Chris and Julie both observed the defendant had a glass with clear liquid under her jacket when she came into the Waterfall.
    • Christopher and Julie declined to go to the after party at his brother’s house.
    • Julie left the Waterfall before Chris who was home around 12:20 pm. He said his son Colin came home about 10 minutes after he got home.
    • Defense suggested John O’Keefe had a beef with Christopher over his lawn.
    • Christopher and Julie sent John O’Keefe pictures of themselves holding drinks and straddling the fence around his property. The defense suggested they did this to antagonize O’Keefe because he was the ‘get off my lawn’ guy.
    • Christopher agrees they teased O’Keefe and called him “Mr. Nebbercracker,” after the character in Monster House. Chris said it was all for fun and John O’Keefe thought the pictures he sent him were funny.
    • Defense suggested Chris was feuding with John O’Keefe over complaints about his son Colin throwing beer cans on his property and cutting across his lawn. Chris denied the allegations.
    • Defense suggested Chris was mistaken about what time Colin came home the morning of January 29.
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 8 Recap

DAY 7 – 5/8/24

  • Friends who were with John O’Keefe and Karen Read the night before he died testified that he was happy, excited and planning a vacation with the defendant.
  • John O’Keefe was part of a circle of Basketball/Baseball parents who bonded over their children’s sports activities. Michael Camarano’s children were the same age as O’Keefe’s niece and nephew, and they routinely spent Fridays together while Camarano’s wife worked the overnight shift at a local hospital.
    • WATCH: O’Keefe Best Friend Testifies As Jury Sees Bar Video From Night He Died
    • Camarano said he and O’Keefe went to CF McCarthy’s  restaurant/bar on January 28, where they were joined by the defendant. He said they greeted each other with a kiss and appeared to be a happy normal couple. He observed no strife in the relationship, and said he could not recall O’Keefe ever discussing wanting to break up with Read.
    • Camarano had to leave early to tend to his son after he learned he had been hit with a hockey stick and lost a tooth.  O’Keefe and Read left McCarthy’s later that night to join other friends including the McCabes and the Alberts at the Waterfall Bar. Friends who saw them together said they appeared ‘lovey dovey.’ In fact, they were so affectionate that Nicholas Kolokithas, said his wife asked, ‘Why aren’t you like that with me?”
  • The defense noted that in the Waterfall video, while Karen Read was seen talking to O’Keefe and the women in the group, Brian Higgins and Brian Albert were rough housing or play fighting. Read’s defense contends that Brian Higgins, Brian Albert, Chris Albert, or any combination of the trio cold have assaulted O’Keefe.
  • Video from the Waterfall also captured O’Keefe leaving the bar with a clear glass, like the one found at the scene of the crime.
  • WATCH: O’Keefe’s Family Clutches Tissues, Strains To See His Final Moments
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 7 Recap

DAY 6 – 5/7/24

  • The jury deciding the case against Karen Read viewed pictures of a piece of red plastic and a cocktail glass protruding from the snow in the same area where the victim lay fatally injured and freezing to death in the early hours of January 29th, 2022.
    • Prosecutors say the piece of red plastic recovered at the crime scene is a remnant from the taillight of the defendant’s car damaged when she allegedly backed into her boyfriend in a fit of drunken rage.
  • Veteran Canton police officers Michael Lank and Sean Goode testified about recovering the evidence using a leaf blower to remove the snow, Solo drinking cups to collect blood droplets and a grocery bag to store the cups.
    • Lt. Lank testified that they had to improvise because he was informed by Massachusetts State Police’s CPAC, the unit that investigates unattended deaths, that the agency would not be sending anyone to process the scene.
    • Lank also interviewed Brian and Nicole Albert, the homeowners as well as Jennifer McCabe who accompanied the defendant to the scene and is related to the Alberts.
    • Defense attorney Alan Jackson questioned the integrity of Lank’s investigation suggesting his long-standing relationship with two of the Albert brothers presented a conflict. Jackson noted both Goode and Lank were long time colleagues of Kevin Albert, who also worked for Canton P.D.
    • Jackson challenged Lank about not checking for signs of fight when he went inside the Albert home, and not following proper police interrogation techniques when he interviewed McCabe and the Alberts within earshot of one another.
    • Lank was also questioned about an incident in 2002, when he intervened to help Christopher Albert who was running from a group of men following an altercation with one of them.
    • Lank said he intervened because Albert feared he was going to be attacked, and he agreed the confrontation became physical when he attempted to de-escalate the situation.
    • Lank said he did not check the house for signs of a fight because he did not have probable cause and said that from his vantage point, he saw nothing amiss.
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 6 Recap

DAY 5 – 5/6/24

  • Defense accuses Commonwealth witness Katie McLaughlin of ‘perjuring’ herself after more pictures of her and Caitlin Albert surface. According to the defense one picture captures the former high school track teammates at a party as recently as June of 2021.
  • Lieutenant Paul Gallagher a supervising officer with Canton PD collected blood evidence from the crime scene using borrowed Solo cups from a neighbor and storing the samples in a grocery bag, which was pictured a few feet from the back  of defendant’s SUV.
    • Gallagher said he used a leaf blower at the crime scene to remove snow where John O’Keefe’s body was discovered. The leaf blower revealed blood droplets as well as a glass. Noticeably absent were remnants of the taillight that police say is evidence of Read plowing into O’Keefe.
    • Gallagher said he did not go so far as to question the occupants of 34 Fairview – where John O’Keefe’s body was found or search the home because he said he lacked probable cause.
  • Sean Goode the Midnight Sargent, Canton PD testified about receiving 2 911 calls the morning of January 29. One he would later learn was made by Jennifer McCabe who called police to find out if they had picked up a John O’Keefe. The other call from Kerry Roberts, the defendant could be heard screaming in the background.
    • Goode responded to the scene and questioned the defendant, who repeatedly and loudly asked, “Is he dead? Is he dead.” Goode said she was so distracted he did not continue to question her.
    • Goode revealed that he had a long working relationship with Tim Albert, a detective with Canton PD.
    • Goode accompanied Sgt. Michael Lank into the Albert’s home, where Lank took the lead in questioning them. Goode said he looked around the house but did not see anything amiss.
    • When he moved his car at the scene his dashcam panned the front of the yard and revealed that the thick coat of snow that covered the lawn appeared undisturbed in front of the house except for where John O’Keefe was found.
  • Testimony was taken from Sargent Michael Lank, who was the first to speak to the occupants of 34 Fairview, Brian and Nicole Albert. Defense Attorney Alan Jackson is seeking to elicit testimony to show the long-standing relationship Lank had with the Alberts including intervening to help Christopher Albert after a bar fight in 2002.
    • WATCH: Karen Read Defense Questions Officer About Alleged Misconduct
    • Albert got into a fight involving brothers Marc and Alfredo Lopilato. Lank allegedly assaulted Marc, punching him and biting him hard enough to cut through his skin. When the Lopilato brothers filed a complaint against Lank, they were charged with assaulting a police officer. Lank also subsequently had the brothers arrested for witness intimidation. According to the defense, the brothers were acquitted of the assault charges and prosecutors dismissed the witness intimidation charge.
    • The judge is expected to rule tomorrow on how much evidence which could include testimony from one of the Lopilatos she will admit.
  • WATCH: Hysterical Karen Read Heard In Background Of 911 Calls
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 5 Recap

DAY 4 – 5/3/24

  • Firefighter Katie McLaughlin, who testified defendant Karen Read repeatedly said, “I hit him, I hit him,” while paramedics worked to revive her boyfriend, revealed on cross-examination that she has ties to the Albert family.
  • Defense attorney Alan Jackson elicited the revelation that McLaughlin and Caitlin Albert knew each other in high school and were part of the same circle of friends, though McLaughlin held fast that she was not a ‘close friend’ of Albert and did not know that she was at the Albert’s home when she responded to the distress call in Jan of 2022.
  • Jackson was armed with pictures from social media of McLaughlin and Albert in group photos, but the judge stopped the defense from displaying them to the jury, siding with the prosecutor that they violated discovery rules.
  • On cross Jackson suggested that McLaughlin’s story ‘evolved’ noting that the paramedic in a previous statement said the defendant’s comments were directed at a woman, and that the statement was a question.  McLaughlin maintained the defendant made the statement in response to her question.
  • Prosecutors continued to paint the crime scene with more firefighter/paramedics who were dispatched to 34 Fairview this time in response to suicidal comments the defendant made. Firefighter Jason Becker said the defendant vacillated between periods of calm and agitation. He testified the Read told him that she referred to the victim as her husband and that that the two had had an argument and expressed sadness over the last thing she said to him but did not reveal what she said.
  • Also, on Friday the jury visited the crime scene and view the defendant’s Lexus parked in front of the home. Several parts including the broken taillight were removed from the vehicle.
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 4 Recap

DAY 3 – 5/2/24

  • Four paramedics dispatched to the crime scene at 34 Fairview testified Thursday that Karen Read appeared distraught and two of the firefighters who treated John O’Keefe say she repeatedly said, “I hit him, I hit him.”
    • Prosecutors allege Read killed John O’Keefe, her police officer boyfriend in the early hours of January 29, 2022 by backing into him in a drunken rage and leaving him to die in the frigid temperatures of a nor’easter. Two firefighters who questioned her directly said Read was upset and repeatedly said, “I hit him, I hit him.” Prosecutors have presented testimony from several first responders over the last few days who claim Read blamed herself for O’Keefe’s injuries and appeared agitated and hysterical when they arrived at the scene.
  • Defense attorneys have challenged the accuracy of the statements by pointing to inconsistencies, however prosecutors have attempted to explain that the different statements were made at different times.
  • Paramedics attempted to resuscitate O’Keefe with ventilation, chest compressions, and repeated doses of epinephrine into his bone marrow before taking him to the hospital. They observed he was bleeding from his nose, eyes, and mouth, but noted scratches and cuts to his arm were not actively bleeding when they treated him, and concluded those injuries may have happened earlier.
  • Defense attorneys contend that O’Keefe’s arm injuries were inflicted by the dog owned by the Alberts, owners of the home where O’Keefe was found lying in the front yard.
  • Jurors will be able to view the crime scene on Friday when they visit the scene.
  • WATCH: Does Karen Read Act Like Someone Who Committed Murder?
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 3 Recap

DAY 2 – 4/30/24

  • First responders to the crime scene say they witnessed Karen Read distraught, attempting to give CPR to John O’Keefe, who was already stiff and cold in lying in a pool of blood by the time they arrived on the scene.
  • Firefighter Timothy Nuttall who began ventilating him at the scene testified that John O’Keefe appeared to be appropriately dressed for the cold snowy weather.  Nuttall said O’Keefe’s hands were so stiff that it was hard to remove his coat to get a better view of his injuries which included a bloody nose, injuries to his arm, blood mucous and bile in his airway, which had to be sucked out before he was able to ventilate him.
  • Nuttall said during a pause he said Karen Read responded, ‘I hit him, I hit him.’  A responding officer Steven Saraf said he heard her say, ‘This is my fault, I can’t believe this happened.”
  • The defense challenged their memory of Read’s comments by referring to previous statements they gave that appeared inconsistent with their testimony. Saraf called it an ‘oversight’ that he did not include the admission in his report. Nuttall insisted that the comment came from Read herself in response to his question.  Another responding officer did not recall Read making the same statements, but did say she kept yelling, ‘Is he dead, is he dead?”
  • Two police officers who responded to the scene testified that after John O’Keefe was moved to the ambulance – they did not observe any red plastic or broken taillight pieces.
  • WATCH: Killer Or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 2 Recap

DAY 1 – 4/29/24

  • In a dispassionate opening statement, prosecutor Adam Lally said forensic evidence from Karen Read’s Lexus SUV coupled with O’Keefe’s injuries proves that Read struck him with her car, hit him again when he was down, and left him to freeze to death. Lally said crime scene reconstruction data indicates Read’s car reversed 60 ft. at a speed of 22 mph around the time she’s believed to have struck O’Keefe with her car.
  • Defense attorney, David Yannetti, said Read was framed and did not kill O’Keefe. Yannetti promised the jury it wouldn’t take long for them to question the reliability of evidence or witnesses in the “shoddy” and “biased” investigation led by Massachusetts State Trooper Michael Proctor, who Yannetti said trained his sights on Read because of his personal ties to the Albert family.
    • Yannetti shared disturbing details about texts Proctor allegedly sent to friends as the investigation began. Proctor allegedly said he hoped Read would “kill herself” and that he tried to find nude photos of her on her phone. Proctor also allegedly said the owner of the home where O’Keefe’s body was found would not catch grief because he too was a Boston Police officer.
    • Yannetti said Proctor never searched inside the Albert home for signs of a struggle. The lawyer accused Proctor of falsifying a report to give the wrong time for when he impounded Read’s car. It was only after Proctor seized Read’s car that investigators started finding tail light pieces at the scene, Yannetti said, noting that Proctor’s prints were found on the evidence, too.
  • Paul O’Keefe, the victim’s brother, was the first witness for the prosecution.
    • John O’Keefe’s brother grew emotional on the witness stand describing his last texts with his brother “Johnny” and the condition of his body in the hospital. Paul O’Keefe also narrated video from John O’Keefe’s security cameras showing Read arriving, checking out her vehicle, and leaving. In between, Read collected her belongings from the house and left without saying anything to O’Keefe’s family, testified the witness, who said he once held Read “in high regard” for how she helped his brother with his niece and nephew.
  • Erin O’Keefe, Paul’s wife and the victim’s sister-in-law, testified to her friendship with Karen Read.
    • John O’Keefe’s sister-in-law testified to potential signs of discord between Read and O’Keefe. Erin O’Keefe said Read told her about a fights she had with O’Keefe in Aruba and the morning before O’Keefe died. After his body was found, Read allegedly told said “I don’t think I’m ever gonna see you guys again,” to which Erin said she responded “of course we [will]. We’re friends.”
    • Erin said that during a trip over New Year’s Eve to Aruba, Read texted her to say that she fought with O’Keefe after allegedly seeing him kissing the sister of a friend with whom they were on vacation.
    • Erin said that when describing what happened, Read “said she had to remember the bad times” which struck her as an odd comment, but said that Read had been medicated at the time.
  • Canton Police Officer Steven Saraf, the first officer who arrived on the scene that night, testified that Karen Read was visibly upset and kept saying, “This is my fault, I did this.”
    • The first responding officer described weather conditions the morning he responded to the scene. Officer Steve Saraf said he saw footprints around O’Keefe’s body but none from the direction of the house.
    • Seraf observed footprints and track marks around O’Keefe’s body, but none coming from the house.
    • The jury saw police dashcam footage of Read pacing back and forth and screaming.
  • WATCH: Killer or Cover-Up Murder Trial: Day 1 Recap
  • WATCH: Prosecution v. Defense: Who Had a Better Day In the Karen Read Trial?