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Live court video, updates: More witness testimony from friends on Day 8 of Karen Read murder trial

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May 09, 2024

More witnesses close to John O’Keefe and Karen Read are expected to take the stand on Thursday in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham as the Karen Read murder trial enters Day 8.

Read, 44, of Mansfield, is facing charges including second-degree murder in the death of her Boston police officer boyfriend John O’Keefe.

PLAY-BY-PLAY FROM DAY 8 OF TESTIMONY (Thursday, May 9, 2024):

10:18 a.m.

Albert confirms he had a relationship with Proctor before the MSP lead investigator came to question him.

10:09 a.m.

Albert says he is friends with Berkowitz and almost never socialized with him.

The defense presents a picture of former Canton PD Chief Kenny Berkowitz with Chris Albert.

Albert says it’s from one of his political fundraisers.

Yannetti emphasizes the town selectman’s role in overseeing police affairs.

Former Canton Police Chief Ken Berkowitz and Chris Albert

Former Canton Police Chief Ken Berkowitz and Chris Albert

9:55 a.m.

Defense’s David Yannetti questions Albert about his family, connections, role, and “power” in Canton. The prosecution objects multiple times. As the defense brings up a possible link to lead investigator Michael Proctor, a sidebar is called.

9:50 a.m.

Albert says he went to the Fairview Rd home that morning for about an hour. Says his brother Brian, Brian Higgins, and others were there.

9:45 a.m.

Albert says that the next morning, his wife told him that O’Keefe was found dead on the Fairview Rd’s home front lawn.

Albert said he left Waterfall around the same time Read and O’Keefe did. Albert went in the opposite direction of O’Keefe and Read.

9:40 a.m.

Albert also says that his wife wasn’t feeling well and left early due to a migraine. Towards the end of the night Albert bought most of the group fireball shots.

Albert says that the group considered going to the pizza shop to celebrate nephew Brian Jr’s birthday. Chris Albert didn’t want to eat pizza because he was doing a weight-loss challenge.

9:26 a.m.

Albert remembers O’Keefe and Read coming to the Waterfall after his brothers Brian and Brian Higgins. He recalls Read walking in holding a glass with clear liquid and a lime under her jacket.

9:20 a.m.

Albert says O’Keefe came to his shop D & E Pizza on January 28 with his nephew. He claims the two were texting throughout the night trying to meet up at Canton bars. Albert says he eventually went to meet up with his wife.

9:09 a.m:

Christopher Albert— the brother of Brian Albert who owned the Fairview Rd. home where O’Keefe was found dead is called to the stand.

Christopher Albert

Christopher Albert


New video of John O’Keefe and Karen Read appears to show affection between the couple the night before he was found dead in a blizzard outside a home in Canton in January 2022.

On Wednesday, the jury in Read’s murder trial saw the video as a number of close friends took the stand and recalled the night before O’Keefe’s death.

The prosecution showed O’Keefe with friends at Canton’s CF McCarthy’s hours before he died. Read joined them later and drank with the group.

Tuesday’s testimony focused on a busted cocktail glass and a piece of broken taillight in the snow. The prosecution said the taillight and other evidence led them directly to Read.

The defense has argued that Read is a scapegoat for a well-connected group of people, who were at a party inside 34 Fairview Road in Canton on the night of O’Keefe’s death. Read’s attorneys have long argued that O’Keefe was beaten up inside the home and then dragged outside.

Prosecutors claim Read struck O’Keefe with her luxury Lexus SUV while making a three-point after dropping him off at the home. They allege she fled the scene and left him to die in a blizzard in January 2022.

Last week, jurors traveled to Canton for a tour of the crime scene outside retired Boston Police Officer Brian Albert’s former home, where the body of O’Keefe was found.

Also, a focus during last week’s testimony was Read’s demeanor and the words she uttered at the crime scene. Testimony from two police officers and two firefighters described Read as distraught and screaming and that O’Keefe had no pulse and wasn’t breathing.


Witness testimony in Karen Read murder trial from Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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