DEDHAM, Mass. — WATCH LIVE: Woman charged in Boston police officer’s death returns to court for pretrial hearing
DEDHAM, Mass. — A Mansfield woman accused of killing her Boston police officer boyfriend is due back in Norfolk Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.
Karen Read is charged with second degree murder in the death of Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe.
Read is accused of hitting and killing O’Keefe with his SUV while dropping him off at a party at a fellow police officer’s house in Canton in January 2022.
O’Keefe’s battered and bruised body was discovered in a snow bank outside the home the next morning.
Prosecutors allege Read was drunk behind the wheel when he hit O’Keefe while making a three-point turn in the driveway.
Read has maintained his innocence from the beginning, and his defense team says there is evidence that not only proves he is innocent, but also points to a cover-up.
Defense attorneys have alleged that O’Keefe was brutally beaten and attacked by a dog inside the Canton home and that Read is being framed for his murder.
Read has also hired some high-profile lawyers, including one who represented Kevin Spacey in his Nantucket case. In court Tuesday, a judge will rule on a pair of motions aimed at maintaining a fair trial.
The prosecution filed a motion aimed at barring lawyers for both sides from making “out-of-court statements” in the future.
The defense plans to oppose the gag order and has also filed its own motion asking that a new judge preside over the trial. Tuesday’s hearing is set for 2pm in Norfolk Superior Court.
Investigative reporter Ted Daniel will be inside the proceedings and have all the latest on Boston 25 News at 5 p.m.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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