Girlfriend indicted for murder in death of BPD police officer


The girlfriend of a police officer who died during a winter nor’easter now faces a murder charge in connection with his death but her defense is trying to raise concern about the investigation. A Norfolk County grand jury on Thursday indicted Karen Read, 42, of Mansfield, on the charges of second-degree murder, motor vehicle manslaughter and leaving the scene of a collision causing death. She is accused of hitting Officer John O’Keefe with her vehicle outside of a friend’s house in Canton after a night of drinking on Jan. 29.O’Keefe was found unresponsive outside a home on Fairview Road the following morning. He was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton and was pronounced dead several hours later. Multiple sources told 5 Investigates that O’Keefe was found in the snow outside the home of another Boston police officer. Those sources also said O’Keefe was suffering from head trauma. 28 and were heading to an after-hours party, but Read did not feel well and decided not to attend, authorities said. O’Keefe got out of the vehicle, and Read, while making a three-point turn, struck him, then drove away, prosecutors alleged. Read’s attorney said his client had no criminal intent, and prosecutors faced political pressure to charge her because a police officer died. 1 on a manslaughter warrant. She entered a not guilty plea at her arraignment and was free on $50,000 cash bail. After the grand jury delivered the additional indictments on Thursday, Read was rearrested at her home in Mansfield. On Friday morning she entered a not guilty plea to the new charges and her defense attorney suggested there are “grave reasons to be concerned about the ethics of the police investigation.” that property,” said attorney David Yannetti. “He was supposedly assigned to the case to avoid the appearance of impropriety.” The attorney also told the court he has photographic evidence showing his client’s vehicle was in a “different condition” than when police had it and complained that Read has now been “paraded twice before the press in handcuffs.” The judge ordered Read’s bail be set at $100,000. She made bail and was released with conditions that prohibit her from driving and from contacting O’Keefe’s family.

The girlfriend of a police officer who died during a winter nor’easter now faces a murder charge in connection with his death but her defense is trying to raise concern about the investigation.

A Norfolk County grand jury on Thursday indicted Karen Read, 42, of Mansfield, on the charges of second-degree murder, motor vehicle manslaughter and leaving the scene of a collision causing death.

She is accused of hitting Officer John O’Keefe with her vehicle outside of a friend’s house in Canton after a night of drinking on Jan. 29.

O’Keefe was found unresponsive outside a home on Fairview Road the following morning. He was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton and was pronounced dead several hours later.

Multiple sources told 5 Investigates that O’Keefe was found in the snow outside the home of another Boston police officer. Those sources also said O’Keefe was suffering from head trauma.

The couple had gone to two bars on the night of Jan. 28 and were heading to an after-hours party, but Read did not feel well and decided not to attend, authorities said.

O’Keefe got out of the vehicle, and Read, while making a three-point turn, struck him, then drove away, prosecutors alleged. Read’s attorney said his client had no criminal intent, and prosecutors faced political pressure to charge her because a police officer died.

Read was originally arrested on Feb. 1 on a manslaughter warrant. She entered a not guilty plea at her arraignment and was free on $50,000 cash bail.

After the grand jury delivered the additional indictments on Thursday, Read was rearrested at her home in Mansfield.

On Friday morning she entered a not guilty plea to the new charges and her defense attorney suggested there are “grave reasons to be concerned about the ethics of the police investigation.”

“We have uncovered that the lead detective is very close with the owners of that property,” said attorney David Yannetti. “He was supposedly assigned to the case to avoid the appearance of impropriety.”

The attorney also told the court he has photographic evidence showing his client’s vehicle was in a “different condition” than when police had it and complained that Read has now been “paraded twice before the press in handcuffs.”

The judge ordered Read’s bail be set at $100,000. She made bail and was released with conditions that prohibit her from driving and from contacting O’Keefe’s family.

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