Karen Read trial: Witness woke to screaming the day victim was found

Karen Read trial: Witness woke to screaming the day victim was found
Video shows Karen Read and cop boyfriend on night of his murder

Day 13 of the trial of a woman accused of murdering her police officer boyfriend in Massachusetts ended on a cliffhanger on Thursday, when a key witness testified to waking up to the sound of screaming on the morning the victim’s body was found.

Karen Read, a financial analyst and former Bentley University professor, is on trial charged with the second-degree murder and manslaughter of Boston police officer John O’Keefe.

Prosecutors allege that Ms Read ran over O’Keefe in her car while drunk, leaving him for dead in the snow outside a fellow police officer’s home in the early hours of 29 January 2022.

Ms Read’s defense claims that she is being framed by police as part of a sprawling cover-up involving prominent law enforcement family, the Alberts.

On Thursday, Matthew McCabe testified that he spent the night before O’Keefe died at a bar with Ms Read, O’Keefe and some other officers, before going back to the Albert home. The next morning, he woke to the sound of screaming.

The testimony came after Ms Read lost her cool with her defense team on Wednesday, rolling her eyes and giving a strong reaction during a break in the trial.


Karen Read was ‘framed’, defence attorneys say

During opening statements on the first day of the trial, Ms Read’s attorney said she was framed for the death of John O’Keefe.

‘Karen Read was framed’, defence claims in Massachusetts murder trial
Dan Gooding16 May 2024 20:57


Court ends abruptly for the day

Following Mr McCabe’s testimony of hearing screams in his bedroom on the morning of 29 January 2022, the day John O’Keefe died, the court session ended.

Attorneys had approached the bench to speak with the judge off-mic before she called proceedings to a close for the day.

Dan Gooding16 May 2024 18:45


Matthew McCabe said he woke up to ‘screams’ in bedroom

Matthew McCabe told the court that he had gone to bed with his wife Jennifer McCabe around the same time that night, after getting home from the Alberts’ home.

“I woke up to screams in my bedroom,” he explained before court ended for the day without further questioning.

Dan Gooding16 May 2024 18:42


Karen Read argues she was framed

Ms Read’s attorneys argue she has been framed in a large cover-up, claiming a law enforcement official who investigated the case has personal ties to the family of retired detective Brian Albert, outside whose home O’Keefe was found. Her attorneys also claim O’Keefe’s injuries were consistent with a severe beating, rather than with being struck by a car.

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Dan Gooding16 May 2024 18:30


WATCH: Prosecutors believe Karen Read killed John O’Keefe

During opening statements two weeks ago, prosecutors laid out the evidence they say proves Ms Read ran her boyfriend over and left him for dead.

Karen Read: Court told police officer’s hair was found on girlfriend’s car tail light
Dan Gooding16 May 2024 17:45


McCabe was at a local bar the night John O’Keefe died

Matthew McCabe explained how he and a group of friends were at the bar until around midnight the night of the alleged murder.

He explained that the group at The Waterfall included his wife Jennifer, along with members of the Albert family: Nicole, Chris and Julie Albert, as well as a few other friends.

At some point later on in the evening, he said Mr O’Keefe and Karen Read showed up, along with other members of the Albert family.

Dan Gooding16 May 2024 17:21


Prosecutors call next witness Matthew McCabe

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has called the next witness to the stand: Matthew McCabe.

Matthew McCabe seen in the witness box during Karen Read’s trial on 16 May 2024
Matthew McCabe seen in the witness box during Karen Read’s trial on 16 May 2024 (NBC 10 Boston)

Mr McCabe is the husband of Jennifer McCabe and both were at the Alberts’ home on Fairview Road where John O’Keefe was found on 29 January 2022, according to NBC 10 Boston.

He was friends with Mr O’Keefe and Ms Read by extension.

Dan Gooding16 May 2024 16:56


Colin Albert says he had ‘never’ threatened John O’Keefe

Prosecutors asked Colin Albert if he had ever had any issues with the victim, including whether they had argued about women.

The witness replied to each question with “never”.

He was then asked about people writing about him online, which he said began around a year ago.

“People on Twitter, Instagram, social media were just coming at my family, calling us murderers, harassing us, turning up to our doorsteps, our sports games,” he said. “We couldn’t leave the house without people taking pictures of us.”

Dan Gooding16 May 2024 16:51


Defence argues police did not investigate Alberts

The defence presented a photo of Colin Albert with grazed knuckles from February 2022, which he claimed happened when he fell over while with friends.

Defence attorney Alan Jackson said this wasn’t true, instead saying the injury showed the witness had been in a fight around the time the photo was taken, not long after Mr O’Keefe died.

Colin Albert (centre) with bruising on his knuckles
Colin Albert (centre) with bruising on his knuckles (NBC 10 Boston)

Mr Jackson said police did not do enough to investigate those inside the Alberts’ home on 29 January 2022 and that Colin Albert’s injury backed his assertion that the witness has violent tendencies.

Dan Gooding16 May 2024 16:30


Read has strong reactions during Wednesday’s court proceedings

The incident happened after testimony and Read rolled her eyes and then looked sharply at her lawyers.

Karen Read reacts to her family during a break in her murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday
Karen Read reacts to her family during a break in her murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday (AP)
Alex Lang16 May 2024 16:01

Source: independent.co.uk