Massachusetts professor charged in cop boyfriend’s killing calls it a ‘cover-up’
A Boston-area professor accused of killing her boyfriend, a police officer, in January 2022 after she allegedly hit him with her vehicle whereas intoxicated, described the case towards her as a “cover-up.”
A Norfolk County grand jury in June 2022 indicted Bentley University professor Karen Read, 42, of Mansfield, for second-degree homicide, motorized vehicle manslaughter and leaving the scene of a collision, which allegedly triggered 46-year-old Boston Police Office John O’Keefe’s demise.
“I tried to save his life. I tried to save his life at 6 in the morning. I was covered in his blood. I was the only one trying to save his life,” Read advised reporters Thursday outdoors the Norfolk Superior Court after a listening to, incomes applause from family and friends, in response to FOX 25.
The resolution to talk independently to media with assist from her attorneys was uncommon contemplating Read has but to face trial.
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“We know who spearheaded this cover-up. You all know,” she mentioned.
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O’Keefe died in the snow outdoors Boston Police Officer Brian Albert’s former home in Canton in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2022. Albert has since bought the house.
Investigators say Read drove O’Keefe to Albert’s house on Fairview Road in Canton for a celebration shortly after midnight Jan. 29, 2022, after ingesting. Phone data and witness testimony counsel the pair have been experiencing “strains within their relationship,” FOX 25 reported, citing police.
In one voicemail left after Read dropped O’Keefe off on the celebration, she apparently “screamed to the victim that she hated him,” in response to FOX 25.
That morning, round 6, authorities discovered O’Keefe on the bottom outdoors the Canton house simply earlier than a nor’easter struck the town with 21 inches of snow. Authorities transported the off-duty officer to a close by hospital, the place he was pronounced useless a number of hours later.
Albert and his sister-in-law, Jennifer McCabe, have been house on the time, however each witnesses advised investigators they by no means noticed O’Keefe make it into the home that night earlier than McCabe discovered his physique outdoors the subsequent morning.
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Read apparently grew to become anxious when she didn’t hear again from O’Keefe in a while and returned to the Canton house the morning of Jan. 29, the place she and McCabe discovered him on the bottom.
The officer had cuts on his arms and a 2-inch laceration on the again of his head, cranium fractures and each of his eyes have been swollen shut, in response to hospital data obtained by FOX 25.
Read repeatedly requested McCabe, “Could I have hit him?” and “Did I hit him?” that morning after noticing one in every of her taillights was shattered, proof the state is utilizing towards Read.
But Read’s attorneys have argued that cellphone proof implicates Albert and McCabe in O’Keefe’s homicide, in response to an April 12 movement filed in Norfolk County.
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McCabe allegedly searched how lengthy it takes to “die in cold” at 2:27 a.m. on Jan. 29, three hours after O’Keefe was final seen strolling towards Albert’s home, the movement states.
McCabe additionally allegedly “took calculated steps to purge her phone of this inculpatory search and, at the same time, attempted to delete her communications with Brian Albert and remove a screenshot of his contact information from her phone, which she had obviously shared with someone that morning,” the movement says.
McCabe’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, mentioned Thursday that McCabe “has been cooperating with the government every step of the way” and “provided her testimony as any good citizen would do,” FOX 25 reported.
Read’s attorneys have questioned whether or not O’Keefe might have been overwhelmed on the celebration or bit by a canine that apparently hasn’t been seen since that day, in response to FOX 25, however a medical expert noticed no indicators that O’Keefe had been in any sort of combat.
“Me and my family and my attorneys and my team have marshaled every resource to get to the truth. It just feels like no one else wants it,” Read mentioned Thursday.
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The Boston Police Department described O’Keefe as “a kind person” who was “dedicated to his family” in a February 2022 assertion after his demise.