Live updates as Albert family testifies about night of O’Keefe’s death

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Testimony resumes Tuesday in the murder trial of Karen Read, the Massachusetts woman accused of striking her Boston police officer boyfriend with her sport utility vehicle and leaving him to die in a snowbank.Read, 43, of Mansfield, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges. The prosecution says she hit her boyfriend, John O’Keefe, with her black SUV outside of a home in Canton during a snowstorm on Jan. 29, 2022, following a night of drinking. Her defense plans to argue that someone else is responsible for killing O’Keefe.On Monday, several members of a retired police officer’s family faced confrontational cross-examinations. Brian Albert, who owned the home at 34 Fairview Road where O’Keefe was found, started the day on the witness stand. His wife testified last week. Their adult children, Brian Jr. and Caitlin, also testified on Monday. Several people were invited back to the Alberts’ home after leaving Canton bars, but the Alberts testified that neither O’Keefe nor Read ever showed up. Brian Albert said that O’Keefe and Read would have been welcomed “with open arms” if they ever did come inside. Brian Albert Jr., who was celebrating his 23rd birthday on the night in question, testified that he saw a black SUV outside the home. At first, it was near the mailbox, and later, he saw it near the flagpole.On cross-examination, Caitlin Albert faced questions about her relationship with Katie McLaughlin, one of the EMTs who arrived at the scene after O’Keefe was found. She said they went to school together and have mutual friends but never spent time one-on-one. After the jury was excused on Monday afternoon, defense attorney David Yannetti told the judge he plans to show McLaughlin is biased through pictures of her with Caitlin Albert and others. Caitlin Albert will return to the stand to resume her testimony on Tuesday. The defense also asked about the family’s decision to re-house their dog, which Nicole Albert said was made after an incident in 2022.”I did not get rid of my dog. I rehomed my dog,” Nicole Albert said last week.Live updates: Follow posts from reporter David Bienck What to know about the case:LINK: Recap of testimony, evidence from each day of the caseKaren Read, 43, of Mansfield, is accused of second-degree murder and other charges. The prosecution says she hit her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O’Keefe, with her vehicle outside of a home in Canton during a snowstorm on Jan. 29, 2022, following a night of drinking. She returned hours later to find him in a snowbank.Read has pleaded not guilty.Read and her defense team claim she is the victim of a cover-up and plan to present a third-party culprit defense. They claim O’Keefe was beaten inside the home, bitten by a dog, and then left outside.In pretrial motions, prosecutors revealed the existence of text messages they said suggested a “romantic entanglement” with a friend who was present at locations Read and O’Keefe visited on the night of the incident. Other documents have also suggested trouble in the relationship between Read and O’Keefe.Read is also accused of having frequent contact with a controversial blogger known as “Turtleboy,” Aiden Kearney, who now faces charges in related cases.Opening statements were delivered on April 29.The trial is expected to last 6-8 weeks.Read’s defense appears to be suggesting the couple, Chris and Julie Albert, and their son had tension with O’Keefe. They also confronted Julie Albert about her telephone conversations with the sister of Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Proctor, who led the investigation.Evidence introduced on Thursday included receipts showing John O’Keefe bought two beers and Tito’s vodka at the Waterfall Bar & Grille, the second bar that he and Read patronized that night. Previous testimony indicated that Read was drinking vodka.Also Thursday, the court distributed Judge Beverly Cannone’s order that the anticipated testimony of O’Keefe’s niece and nephew cannot be recorded, photographed or transmitted. The order also applies to any exhibits that may contain prior recorded statements from the children.On Wednesday, jurors saw surveillance videos from inside two Canton bars and heard testimony from others who were there with Read and O’Keefe. Witness after witness testified that they saw no trouble between Read and O’Keefe — but prosecutors have said the couple fought that night.One of the videos showed O’Keefe and friends at CF McCarthy’s pub. Read was also seen in the video when she arrived, greeting O’Keefe with a hug and a kiss.Other footage from the Waterfall Bar & Grille shows O’Keefe, Read and other members of the group after they moved across the street. Footage showed that Read left with two other women before O’Keefe exited a short time later with something in his hand, meeting Read at the door and walking together toward her car.Earlier in the case, evidence of a shattered drinking glass was shown to the jury. Prosecutors appear to be developing an argument that O’Keefe was holding the glass when he was hit by Read’s SUV.Testimony on May 6 described the unusual conditions faced by investigators and the unorthodox methods they employed, including the use of red plastic cups from a neighbor to collect samples of blood in the snow and bringing them back to the Canton police station in a Stop & Shop paper bag. Investigators said they didn’t have anything else to collect the evidence in and they had to improvise.Jurors last week also heard two 911 calls, the first saying Karen Read was freaking out because her boyfriend, O’Keefe, had not come home that night. The second call was from when Reed and two other women had just found O’Keefe’s body lying in a snowbank.Proceedings in the case the first week spanned four days, featuring testimony from numerous first responders and a tour of the Canton neighborhood where the death occurred. Several of the first responders who testified this week in the courtroom said they heard Read make some kind of confession at the scene.Jurors also had a chance to see Read’s Lexus 570 SUV, the one that allegedly hit O’Keefe. One tail light was missing, and a small dent was visible on the rear hatch.The trial’s first few days also detailed the futile efforts of first responders to save O’Keefe. They found him face up when they arrived just before dawn on Jan. 29. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, and an autopsy later found he died of hypothermia and blunt force trauma.Part of what prosecutors are trying to do is show Read’s actions were intentional. To do that, Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally started offering up evidence showing the couple had a stormy relationship that had begun to “sour” in the month before O’Keefe died. The prosecution’s first witness, O’Keefe’s brother Paul, testified they would regularly argue, including over what Read fed his two adopted children and that he witnessed a 2021 fight the couple had in Cape Cod over how O’Keefe treated her.Paul O’Keefe’s wife, Erin, testified that Read told her the couple fought in Aruba after she caught O’Keefe kissing another woman.Prosecutors appeared early on to be relying on Read’s own words to get a conviction. Most of the first week has been dominated by first responders, who detailed a harrowing scene that morning in January 2022.In their opening statement, the defense team laid out plans to portray the investigation into O’Keefe’s death as shoddy and undermined by the close relationship investigators had with the police and other law enforcement agents at the house party.They argued investigators focused on Read because she was a “convenient outsider,” and that prevented them from considering other suspects. They plan to argue someone other than Read was responsible for O’Keefe’s death but have only floated a theory that he was beaten inside the house and left for dead outside. They also got one witness, who testified to hearing Read say O’Keefe’s death was her fault, to acknowledge he never wrote that in a police report. They also questioned another witness’ memory and suggested another may have been too focused on saving O’Keefe’s life to be able to hear Read say she hit O’Keefe. They also tried to plant doubts in the jury’s mind about the overall investigation, getting several witnesses to say they never heard Read say she hit O’Keefe, nor did they see dozens of pieces of her broken taillight at the scene, evidence which prosecutors say shows she backed into him. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Testimony resumes Tuesday in the murder trial of Karen Read, the Massachusetts woman accused of striking her Boston police officer boyfriend with her sport utility vehicle and leaving him to die in a snowbank.

Read, 43, of Mansfield, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges. The prosecution says she hit her boyfriend, John O’Keefe, with her black SUV outside of a home in Canton during a snowstorm on Jan. 29, 2022, following a night of drinking. Her defense plans to argue that someone else is responsible for killing O’Keefe.

On Monday, several members of a retired police officer’s family faced confrontational cross-examinations. Brian Albert, who owned the home at 34 Fairview Road where O’Keefe was found, started the day on the witness stand. His wife testified last week.

Their adult children, Brian Jr. and Caitlin, also testified on Monday.

Several people were invited back to the Alberts’ home after leaving Canton bars, but the Alberts testified that neither O’Keefe nor Read ever showed up. Brian Albert said that O’Keefe and Read would have been welcomed “with open arms” if they ever did come inside.

Brian Albert Jr., who was celebrating his 23rd birthday on the night in question, testified that he saw a black SUV outside the home. At first, it was near the mailbox, and later, he saw it near the flagpole.

On cross-examination, Caitlin Albert faced questions about her relationship with Katie McLaughlin, one of the EMTs who arrived at the scene after O’Keefe was found. She said they went to school together and have mutual friends but never spent time one-on-one.

After the jury was excused on Monday afternoon, defense attorney David Yannetti told the judge he plans to show McLaughlin is biased through pictures of her with Caitlin Albert and others. Caitlin Albert will return to the stand to resume her testimony on Tuesday.

The defense also asked about the family’s decision to re-house their dog, which Nicole Albert said was made after an incident in 2022.

“I did not get rid of my dog. I rehomed my dog,” Nicole Albert said last week.


Live updates:


What to know about the case:

  • LINK: Recap of testimony, evidence from each day of the case
  • Karen Read, 43, of Mansfield, is accused of second-degree murder and other charges. The prosecution says she hit her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O’Keefe, with her vehicle outside of a home in Canton during a snowstorm on Jan. 29, 2022, following a night of drinking. She returned hours later to find him in a snowbank.
  • Read has pleaded not guilty.
  • Read and her defense team claim she is the victim of a cover-up and plan to present a third-party culprit defense. They claim O’Keefe was beaten inside the home, bitten by a dog, and then left outside.
  • In pretrial motions, prosecutors revealed the existence of text messages they said suggested a “romantic entanglement” with a friend who was present at locations Read and O’Keefe visited on the night of the incident. Other documents have also suggested trouble in the relationship between Read and O’Keefe.
  • Read is also accused of having frequent contact with a controversial blogger known as “Turtleboy,” Aiden Kearney, who now faces charges in related cases.
  • Opening statements were delivered on April 29.
  • The trial is expected to last 6-8 weeks.

Read’s defense appears to be suggesting the couple, Chris and Julie Albert, and their son had tension with O’Keefe. They also confronted Julie Albert about her telephone conversations with the sister of Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Proctor, who led the investigation.

Evidence introduced on Thursday included receipts showing John O’Keefe bought two beers and Tito’s vodka at the Waterfall Bar & Grille, the second bar that he and Read patronized that night. Previous testimony indicated that Read was drinking vodka.

Also Thursday, the court distributed Judge Beverly Cannone’s order that the anticipated testimony of O’Keefe’s niece and nephew cannot be recorded, photographed or transmitted. The order also applies to any exhibits that may contain prior recorded statements from the children.

On Wednesday, jurors saw surveillance videos from inside two Canton bars and heard testimony from others who were there with Read and O’Keefe. Witness after witness testified that they saw no trouble between Read and O’Keefe — but prosecutors have said the couple fought that night.

One of the videos showed O’Keefe and friends at CF McCarthy’s pub. Read was also seen in the video when she arrived, greeting O’Keefe with a hug and a kiss.

Other footage from the Waterfall Bar & Grille shows O’Keefe, Read and other members of the group after they moved across the street. Footage showed that Read left with two other women before O’Keefe exited a short time later with something in his hand, meeting Read at the door and walking together toward her car.

Earlier in the case, evidence of a shattered drinking glass was shown to the jury. Prosecutors appear to be developing an argument that O’Keefe was holding the glass when he was hit by Read’s SUV.

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Shattered glass introduced as evidence in Karen Read trial.

Testimony on May 6 described the unusual conditions faced by investigators and the unorthodox methods they employed, including the use of red plastic cups from a neighbor to collect samples of blood in the snow and bringing them back to the Canton police station in a Stop & Shop paper bag. Investigators said they didn’t have anything else to collect the evidence in and they had to improvise.

Jurors last week also heard two 911 calls, the first saying Karen Read was freaking out because her boyfriend, O’Keefe, had not come home that night. The second call was from when Reed and two other women had just found O’Keefe’s body lying in a snowbank.

Proceedings in the case the first week spanned four days, featuring testimony from numerous first responders and a tour of the Canton neighborhood where the death occurred. Several of the first responders who testified this week in the courtroom said they heard Read make some kind of confession at the scene.

Jurors also had a chance to see Read’s Lexus 570 SUV, the one that allegedly hit O’Keefe. One tail light was missing, and a small dent was visible on the rear hatch.

The trial’s first few days also detailed the futile efforts of first responders to save O’Keefe. They found him face up when they arrived just before dawn on Jan. 29. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, and an autopsy later found he died of hypothermia and blunt force trauma.

karen read speaks to attorney alan jackson

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Officer John O’Keefe

Part of what prosecutors are trying to do is show Read’s actions were intentional. To do that, Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally started offering up evidence showing the couple had a stormy relationship that had begun to “sour” in the month before O’Keefe died. The prosecution’s first witness, O’Keefe’s brother Paul, testified they would regularly argue, including over what Read fed his two adopted children and that he witnessed a 2021 fight the couple had in Cape Cod over how O’Keefe treated her.

Paul O’Keefe’s wife, Erin, testified that Read told her the couple fought in Aruba after she caught O’Keefe kissing another woman.

Prosecutors appeared early on to be relying on Read’s own words to get a conviction. Most of the first week has been dominated by first responders, who detailed a harrowing scene that morning in January 2022.

Prosecutor Adam Lally questions a witness during Karen Read's murder trial, Thursday, May 2, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, of Mansfield, faces several charges including second degree murder in the death of her Boston Police officer boyfriend John O’Keefe, 46, in 2022. (David McGlynn/New York Post via AP, Pool)

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Prosecutor Adam Lally questions a witness during Karen Read’s murder trial

In their opening statement, the defense team laid out plans to portray the investigation into O’Keefe’s death as shoddy and undermined by the close relationship investigators had with the police and other law enforcement agents at the house party.

They argued investigators focused on Read because she was a “convenient outsider,” and that prevented them from considering other suspects. They plan to argue someone other than Read was responsible for O’Keefe’s death but have only floated a theory that he was beaten inside the house and left for dead outside.

Defendant Karen Read sits at the defense table during her murder trial, Thursday, May 2, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, of Mansfield, faces several charges including second degree murder in the death of her Boston Police officer boyfriend John O’Keefe, 46, in 2022. (David McGlynn/New York Post via AP, Pool)

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Karen Read with her defense team

They also got one witness, who testified to hearing Read say O’Keefe’s death was her fault, to acknowledge he never wrote that in a police report. They also questioned another witness’ memory and suggested another may have been too focused on saving O’Keefe’s life to be able to hear Read say she hit O’Keefe.

They also tried to plant doubts in the jury’s mind about the overall investigation, getting several witnesses to say they never heard Read say she hit O’Keefe, nor did they see dozens of pieces of her broken taillight at the scene, evidence which prosecutors say shows she backed into him.

Judge Beverly Cannone presides during Karen Read's murder trial, Thursday, May 2, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, of Mansfield, faces several charges including second degree murder in the death of her Boston Police officer boyfriend John O’Keefe, 46, in 2022. (David McGlynn/New York Post via AP, Pool)

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Judge Beverly Cannone

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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