Karen Read trial live: Witness who heard Read say ‘I hit him’ grilled during cross examination

On Tuesday, the trial of a woman accused of murdering her police officer boyfriend in Massachusetts continued as a witness who claimed she heard the defendant say “I hit him” multiple times sat for a cross examination.

Jennifer McCabe, the women who Google searched “hos (sic) long to die in cold” the morning that John O’Keefe’s body was found in the snow, was questioned by the defense about her statements and actions after Mr O’Keefe’s death.

Karen Read, a financial analyst and former Bentley University professor, is on trial charged with the second-degree murder and manslaughter of Boston police officer John O’Keefe.

Prosecutors allege that Ms Read ran over O’Keefe in her car while drunk, leaving him for dead in the snow outside a fellow police officer’s home in the early hours of 29 January 2022.

Ms Read’s defense claims that she is being framed by police as part of a sprawling cover-up involving prominent law enforcement family, the Alberts.

She lost her cool with her defense team on Wednesday, rolling her eyes and giving a strong reaction during a break in the trial.

Key points

  • Colin Albert says he had ‘never’ threatened John O’Keefe

  • Read has strong reactions during Wednesday’s court proceedings

  • Day 13 of Karen Read trial

  • Matthew McCabe said he woke up to ‘screams’ in bedroom

Trial recap: Defense paints Colin Albert as violent

22:00 , Graig Graziosi

Karen Read’s attorney has tried to paint Colin Albert as a violent individual, by showing videos from his phone and social media that included him saying he would “f**k you up” to unknown individuals he was potentially upset with.

Mr Albert claimed these were from sometime during high school, meaning they were made a few years before the night John O’Keefe died.

Ms Read’s defence team believes Mr Albert did have the means and the motive to attack the victim and will be hoping these videos show that he has violent tendencies.

Defense presses Jen McCabe over exact phrasing of her grand jury testimony

21:38 , Graig Graziosi

Alan Jackson, the defense attorney for Karen Read, questioned Jen McCabe about the exact phrasing of her words to a grand jury that convened to bring charges agaisnt the defendant.

He pointed out that Ms McCabe told the jury earlier in the trial that she heard Ms Read say “I hit him” three times, but that in her grand jury testimony she says she recalled hearing Ms Read say “Did I hit him? Could I have hit him?”

Ms McCabe said she was “answering the question” she was asked by Mr Jackson, and not reciting what she said to the grand jury.

“The truth of this matter is that you manufactured this story for the jury because it helps you out,” Mr Jackson said.

Ms McCabe said that was “absolutely not” her intention.

‘I can say today, with 100% certainty, that she said ‘I hit him, I hit him, I hit him’’

17:14 , Graig Graziosi

Jennifer McCabe, the women who Google searched “hos (sic) long to die in cold” the morning that John O’Keefe’s body was found in the snow, sat for cross examination on Tuesday morning.

During her first appearance last week, Ms McCabe said “Ms Read stated she had hit [O’Keefe].”

On Tuesday, Ms Read’s defence attorney, Alan Jackson, reminded Ms McCabe that she did not make the comments during grand jury testimony she gave in 2022, and asked where Ms McCabe testified that Ms Read said she hit O’Keefe.

Ms McCabe insisted that regardless of where she said it, she still heard it.

“I don’t know if I said it in the grand jury but I can say today, with 100% certainty, that she said ‘I hit him, I hit him, I hit him,’” she said.

A murderous romance or a frame job? Things to know about Boston’s Karen Read murder trial

14:00 , Graig Graziosi

A highly anticipated trial began in Massachusetts this week involving a woman accused of striking her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV and leaving him for dead in a snowbank.

John O’Keefe died in a suburb about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Boston on Jan. 29, 2022.

The case has garnered national attention because the defense alleges state and local law enforcement officials have framed her and allowed the real killer to go free.

Here are the facts and legal arguments in the case:

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A murderous romance or a frame job? Things to know about Karen Read murder trial

Surveillance footage shows Boston cop and girlfriend Karen Read in bar hours before she allegedly murdered him

13:00 , Graig Graziosi

Surveillance footage has captured Karen Read and her police officer boyfriend in a Boston bar just hours before she is accused of running him over with her car and leaving him to die in a snowstorm.

In the footage, shown in court at Ms Read’s murder trial on Thursday, the professor is seen embracing and kissing John O’Keefe at CF McCarthy’s in Boston on the night of 28 January 2022.

O’Keefe had been out celebrating the acceptance of his niece, who he had custody of, into private school, jurors at Norfolk Superior Court heard.

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Footage shows Boston cop and girlfriend Karen Read in bar hours before alleged murder

WATCH: Karen Read trial: Colin Albert makes drunk threats in old social media videos

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WATCH: Karen Read loses it on defense team as trial over alleged murder of her boyfriend drags on

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How did John O’Keefe die?

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Prosecutors allege that, after going to some bars, she dropped O’Keefe off at the home of retired detective Brian Albert for an after party.

There, she allegedly intentionally ran him over with her black Lexus SUV while intoxicated and fled the scene.

However, Ms Read’s attorneys have claimed that she is being framed by police as part of a vast conspiracy and cover-up.

Her attorneys claim O’Keefe was actually beaten up by people at the after-party and thrown outside, arguing that his injuries were consistent with a severe beating, rather than with being struck by a car.

An autopsy found that O’Keefe had several abrasions on his right forearm, two black eyes, a cut on his nose, a two-inch laceration to the back of his head and multiple skull fractures. Hypothermia was also a contributing factor in his death.

Lead investigator’s claims unveiled during first day of trial

04:59 , Graig Graziosi

During the first day of the trial, the court heard that lead investigator Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Proctor told friends he had searched the suspect’s phone for nudes.

Karen Read murder probe’s lead investigator says he ‘searched her phone for nudes’

What happened the night John O’Keefe died?

04:00 , Graig Graziosi

Witness accounts of the night O’Keefe died were revealed in early April in court documents unsealed following a request from The Boston Globe.

Ms Read and O’Keefe met a friend, Jennifer McCabe, at a local bar the evening of 28 January 2022, according to witness statements. As the bar closed, the group was invited to the home of Nicole Albert and her husband Brian, a former fellow Boston police officer.

Ms Read told police she subsequently dropped O’Keefe off at the Alberts’ home. Ms Read said she went home afterwards due to stomach problems.

In the early hours of the morning on 29 January 2022, Ms McCabe said Ms Read called her in distress. The finance professor said she had tried to contact O’Keefe and could not reach him, Ms McCabe told authorities. They later met up with another friend, Kerry Roberts, who received similar calls from Ms Read.

Ms Roberts told police Ms Read called and said her boyfriend was dead, claiming he may have been hit by a snowplough. Ms McCabe also told police Ms Read asked her, “Could I have hit him?”

The group then said they found O’Keefe unresponsive lying in the snow in front of the Alberts’ home. Ms Roberts began CPR, and Ms McCabe called the police.

After paramedics arrived, witnesses said Ms Read repeatedly asked if her boyfriend was dead. Responding troopers also observed Ms Read had a broken taillight.

You can read more on the case here.

WATCH: Karen Read was ‘framed’, defence attorneys say

03:00 , Graig Graziosi

During opening statements on the first day of the trial, Ms Read’s attorney said she was framed for the death of John O’Keefe.

Matthew McCabe said he woke up to ‘screams’ in bedroom

01:00 , Graig Graziosi

Matthew McCabe told the court that he had gone to bed with his wife Jennifer McCabe around the same time that night, after getting home from the Alberts’ home.

“I woke up to screams in my bedroom,” he explained before court ended for the day without further questioning.

The court ended abruptly after Mr McCabe’s testimony.

Karen Read argues she was framed

Tuesday 21 May 2024 00:00 , Graig Graziosi

Ms Read’s attorneys argue she has been framed in a large cover-up, claiming a law enforcement official who investigated the case has personal ties to the family of retired detective Brian Albert, outside whose home O’Keefe was found. Her attorneys also claim O’Keefe’s injuries were consistent with a severe beating, rather than with being struck by a car.

An autopsy found that O’Keefe had several abrasions on his right forearm, two black eyes, a cut on his nose, a two-inch laceration to the back of his head and multiple skull fractures. Authorities also say hypothermia was a contributing factor in his death.

Read more here:

Karen Read: Professor goes to court as prosecutors say she ran over cop boyfriend

WATCH: Prosecutors believe Karen Read killed John O’Keefe

Monday 20 May 2024 23:00 , Graig Graziosi

McCabe was at a local bar the night John O’Keefe died

Monday 20 May 2024 22:00 , Graig Graziosi

Matthew McCabe explained how he and a group of friends were at the bar until around midnight the night of the alleged murder.

He explained that the group at The Waterfall included his wife Jennifer, along with members of the Albert family: Nicole, Chris and Julie Albert, as well as a few other friends.

At some point later on in the evening, he said Mr O’Keefe and Karen Read showed up, along with other members of the Albert family.

Prosecutors call next witness Matthew McCabe

Monday 20 May 2024 21:00 , Graig Graziosi

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has called the next witness to the stand: Matthew McCabe.

Mr McCabe is the husband of Jennifer McCabe and both were at the Alberts’ home on Fairview Road where John O’Keefe was found on 29 January 2022, according to NBC 10 Boston.

He was friends with Mr O’Keefe and Ms Read by extension.

Trial recap: Colin Albert says he had ‘never’ threatened John O’Keefe

Monday 20 May 2024 20:00 , Graig Graziosi

Prosecutors asked Colin Albert if he had ever had any issues with the victim, including whether they had argued about women.

The witness replied to each question with “never”.

He was then asked about people writing about him online, which he said began around a year ago.

“People on Twitter, Instagram, social media were just coming at my family, calling us murderers, harassing us, turning up to our doorsteps, our sports games,” he said. “We couldn’t leave the house without people taking pictures of us.”

Defence argues police did not investigate Alberts

Monday 20 May 2024 19:00 , Graig Graziosi

The defence presented a photo of Colin Albert with grazed knuckles from February 2022, which he claimed happened when he fell over while with friends.

Defence attorney Alan Jackson said this wasn’t true, instead saying the injury showed the witness had been in a fight around the time the photo was taken, not long after Mr O’Keefe died.

Colin Albert (centre) with bruising on his knuckles (NBC 10 Boston)
Colin Albert (centre) with bruising on his knuckles (NBC 10 Boston)

Mr Jackson said police did not do enough to investigate those inside the Alberts’ home on 29 January 2022 and that Colin Albert’s injury backed his assertion that the witness has violent tendencies.

Read has strong reactions during Wednesday’s court proceedings

Monday 20 May 2024 18:00 , Graig Graziosi

Yesterday, Ms Read snapped at her defense attorneys during a break and the entire exchange was captured by cameras in the courtroom.

The incident happened after testimony and Read rolled her eyes and then looked sharply at her lawyers.

Karen Read reacts to her family during a break in her murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday (AP)
Karen Read reacts to her family during a break in her murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday (AP)

Trial recap: Defense paints Colin Albert as violent

Monday 20 May 2024 17:00 , Graig Graziosi

Karen Read’s attorney has tried to paint Colin Albert as a violent individual, by showing videos from his phone and social media that included him saying he would “f**k you up” to unknown individuals he was potentially upset with.

Mr Albert claimed these were from sometime during high school, meaning they were made a few years before the night John O’Keefe died.

Ms Read’s defence team believes Mr Albert did have the means and the motive to attack the victim and will be hoping these videos show that he has violent tendencies.

Fourth week of Karen Read trial will resume on Tuesday

Monday 20 May 2024 16:07 , Graig Graziosi

The trial took a day off on Monday.

The proceedings will continue tomorrow.

ICYMI: What have other witnesses said?

Monday 20 May 2024 16:06 , Graig Graziosi

On Wednesday, the court heard from Allison McCabe, the daughter of Jennifer McCabe, who was with Ms Read when they discovered Mr O’Keefe’s body lying in the snow in front of the home of Brian and Nichole Albert, where a group went after the bar they had all been at closed.

During Allison’s emotional testimony, she came to the defence of Colin Albert, one of the men Ms Read’s defence team claims was involved in a fight at Albert’s home that they say resulted in Mr O’Keefe’s death, according to CBS.

Allison told the court she had picked up Colin Albert and drove him to the home, and that Colin was not present during the alleged fight.

“Colin wasn’t at the house. He’s being harassed for … he was not at the house when John [O’Keefe] was there. I drove him home. People are harassing him, saying he was at the house when it’s not true,” Allison McCabe said in court.

Read more from Wednesday’s hearing.

CATCH UP: A murderous romance or frame job? Things to know about Boston's Karen Read murder trial

Monday 20 May 2024 14:24 , Graig Graziosi

A highly anticipated trial in Massachusetts involving a woman accused of striking her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV and leaving him for dead in a snowbank is finishing its third week on Friday.

The case has garnered national attention because the defense alleges that state and local law enforcement officials framed Karen Read and allowed the real killer to go free.

John O’Keefe died in the Boston suburb of Canton on Jan. 29, 2022. His body was found on another officer’s front lawn, and the defense argues the homeowner’s relationship with local and state police tainted their investigation.

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A murderous romance or frame job? Things to know about Boston's Karen Read murder trial

Court ended on cliff-hanger Thursday

Friday 17 May 2024 13:45 , Dan Gooding

The last person on the witness stand was Matthew McCabe, the husband of Jennifer McCabe who went with Ms Read to find John O’Keefe the morning he died.

Mr McCabe told the court that he had gone to bed with his wife around the same time that night, after getting home from the Alberts’ home, where they had gone after the bar.

“I woke up to screams in my bedroom,” he explained.

There was no further questioning and the court was abruptly adjourned until Friday morning.

Video shows Read and O’Keefe at a bar

Friday 17 May 2024 12:50 , Dan Gooding

What have other witnesses said?

Friday 17 May 2024 10:55 , Amelia Neath, Katie Hawkinson

On Wednesday the court heard from Allison McCabe, the daughter of Jennifer McCabe, who was with Ms Read when they discovered Mr O’Keefe’s body lying in the snow in front of the home of Brian and Nichole Albert, where a group went after the bar closed.

During Allison’s emotional testimony, she came to the defence of Colin Albert, one of the men Ms Read’s defence team claims was involved in a fight at Albert’s home that they say resulted in Mr O’Keefe’s death, according to CBS.

Allison told the court she had picked up Colin Albert and drove him to the home, and that Colin was not present during the alleged fight.

“Colin wasn’t at the house. He’s being harassed for … he was not at the house when John [O’Keefe] was there. I drove him home. People are harassing him, saying he was at the house when it’s not true,” Allison McCabe said in court.

Read more of Wednesday’s testimony here.

In pictures: Karen Read on trial

Friday 17 May 2024 08:48 , Dan Gooding

Defendant Karen Read sits at the defense table during her trial, Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (David McGlynn/New York Post via AP, Pool) (AP)
Witness Colin Albert takes the stand during Karen Read's murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Dedham, Mass (AP)
Witness Colin Albert takes the stand during Karen Read's murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Dedham, Mass (AP)
Karen Read's Read lawyer David Yannetti cross examines Allison McCabe about her text messages to Colin Albert during Read's murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Dedham, Mass (AP)
Karen Read's Read lawyer David Yannetti cross examines Allison McCabe about her text messages to Colin Albert during Read's murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Dedham, Mass (AP)

Colin Albert says his family has been targeted

Friday 17 May 2024 06:57 , Dan Gooding

While prosecutors are certain Karen Read was responsible for John O’Keefe’s death, her defence attorneys argue that the family whose house he was found outside of framed her.

Colin Albert is one of the family members they claim could have had the means to attack the victim that night, with that accusation circling for some time.

He says that has put his family in a very difficult, unsafe situation.

“People on Twitter, Instagram, social media were just coming at my family, calling us murderers, harassing us, turning up to our doorsteps, our sports games,” Mr Albert told the court Thursday. “We couldn’t leave the house without people taking pictures of us.”

Karen Read appeared annoyed with defence team

Friday 17 May 2024 04:38 , Dan Gooding

Karen Read lost her cool with her defence team, rolling her eyes and giving a strong reaction during a break from the trial over her alleged killing of her cop boyfriend on Wednesday.

How did John O’Keefe die?

Friday 17 May 2024 02:57 , Martha McHardy, Katie Hawkinson

Prosecutors allege that, after going to some bars, she dropped O’Keefe off at the home of retired detective Brian Albert for an after party.

There, she allegedly intentionally ran him over with her black Lexus SUV while intoxicated and fled the scene.

However, Ms Read’s attorneys have claimed that she is being framed by police as part of a vast conspiracy and cover-up.

Her attorneys claim O’Keefe was actually beaten up by people at the after-party and thrown outside, arguing that his injuries were consistent with a severe beating, rather than with being struck by a car.

An autopsy found that O’Keefe had several abrasions on his right forearm, two black eyes, a cut on his nose, a two-inch laceration to the back of his head and multiple skull fractures. Hypothermia was also a contributing factor in his death.

Lead investigator’s claims unveiled during first day of trial

Friday 17 May 2024 00:52 , Dan Gooding

During the first day of the trial, the court heard that lead investigator Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Proctor told friends he had searched the suspect’s phone for nudes.

Karen Read murder probe’s lead investigator says he ‘searched her phone for nudes’

What happened the night John O’Keefe died?

Thursday 16 May 2024 22:48 , Katie Hawkinson

Witness accounts of the night O’Keefe died were revealed in early April in court documents unsealed following a request from The Boston Globe.

Ms Read and O’Keefe met a friend, Jennifer McCabe, at a local bar the evening of 28 January 2022, according to witness statements. As the bar closed, the group was invited to the home of Nicole Albert and her husband Brian, a former fellow Boston police officer.

Ms Read told police she subsequently dropped O’Keefe off at the Alberts’ home. Ms Read said she went home afterwards due to stomach problems.

In the early hours of the morning on 29 January 2022, Ms McCabe said Ms Read called her in distress. The finance professor said she had tried to contact O’Keefe and could not reach him, Ms McCabe told authorities. They later met up with another friend, Kerry Roberts, who received similar calls from Ms Read.

Ms Roberts told police Ms Read called and said her boyfriend was dead, claiming he may have been hit by a snowplough. Ms McCabe also told police Ms Read asked her, “Could I have hit him?”

The group then said they found O’Keefe unresponsive lying in the snow in front of the Alberts’ home. Ms Roberts began CPR, and Ms McCabe called the police.

After paramedics arrived, witnesses said Ms Read repeatedly asked if her boyfriend was dead. Responding troopers also observed Ms Read had a broken taillight.

You can read more on the case here.

Karen Read was ‘framed’, defence attorneys say

Thursday 16 May 2024 20:57 , Dan Gooding

During opening statements on the first day of the trial, Ms Read’s attorney said she was framed for the death of John O’Keefe.

Court ends abruptly for the day

Thursday 16 May 2024 18:45 , Dan Gooding

Following Mr McCabe’s testimony of hearing screams in his bedroom on the morning of 29 January 2022, the day John O’Keefe died, the court session ended.

Attorneys had approached the bench to speak with the judge off-mic before she called proceedings to a close for the day.

Matthew McCabe said he woke up to ‘screams’ in bedroom

Thursday 16 May 2024 18:42 , Dan Gooding

Matthew McCabe told the court that he had gone to bed with his wife Jennifer McCabe around the same time that night, after getting home from the Alberts’ home.

“I woke up to screams in my bedroom,” he explained before court ended for the day without further questioning.

Karen Read argues she was framed

Thursday 16 May 2024 18:30 , Dan Gooding

Ms Read’s attorneys argue she has been framed in a large cover-up, claiming a law enforcement official who investigated the case has personal ties to the family of retired detective Brian Albert, outside whose home O’Keefe was found. Her attorneys also claim O’Keefe’s injuries were consistent with a severe beating, rather than with being struck by a car.

An autopsy found that O’Keefe had several abrasions on his right forearm, two black eyes, a cut on his nose, a two-inch laceration to the back of his head and multiple skull fractures. Authorities also say hypothermia was a contributing factor in his death.

Read more here:

Karen Read: Professor goes to court as prosecutors say she ran over cop boyfriend

WATCH: Prosecutors believe Karen Read killed John O’Keefe

Thursday 16 May 2024 17:45 , Dan Gooding

During opening statements two weeks ago, prosecutors laid out the evidence they say proves Ms Read ran her boyfriend over and left him for dead.

McCabe was at a local bar the night John O’Keefe died

Thursday 16 May 2024 17:21 , Dan Gooding

Matthew McCabe explained how he and a group of friends were at the bar until around midnight the night of the alleged murder.

He explained that the group at The Waterfall included his wife Jennifer, along with members of the Albert family: Nicole, Chris and Julie Albert, as well as a few other friends.

At some point later on in the evening, he said Mr O’Keefe and Karen Read showed up, along with other members of the Albert family.

Prosecutors call next witness Matthew McCabe

Thursday 16 May 2024 16:56 , Dan Gooding

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has called the next witness to the stand: Matthew McCabe.

Matthew McCabe seen in the witness box during Karen Read’s trial on 16 May 2024 (NBC 10 Boston)
Matthew McCabe seen in the witness box during Karen Read’s trial on 16 May 2024 (NBC 10 Boston)

Mr McCabe is the husband of Jennifer McCabe and both were at the Alberts’ home on Fairview Road where John O’Keefe was found on 29 January 2022, according to NBC 10 Boston.

He was friends with Mr O’Keefe and Ms Read by extension.

Colin Albert says he had ‘never’ threatened John O’Keefe

Thursday 16 May 2024 16:51 , Dan Gooding

Prosecutors asked Colin Albert if he had ever had any issues with the victim, including whether they had argued about women.

The witness replied to each question with “never”.

He was then asked about people writing about him online, which he said began around a year ago.

“People on Twitter, Instagram, social media were just coming at my family, calling us murderers, harassing us, turning up to our doorsteps, our sports games,” he said. “We couldn’t leave the house without people taking pictures of us.”

Defence argues police did not investigate Alberts

Thursday 16 May 2024 16:30 , Dan Gooding

The defence presented a photo of Colin Albert with grazed knuckles from February 2022, which he claimed happened when he fell over while with friends.

Defence attorney Alan Jackson said this wasn’t true, instead saying the injury showed the witness had been in a fight around the time the photo was taken, not long after Mr O’Keefe died.

Colin Albert (centre) with bruising on his knuckles (NBC 10 Boston)
Colin Albert (centre) with bruising on his knuckles (NBC 10 Boston)

Mr Jackson said police did not do enough to investigate those inside the Alberts’ home on 29 January 2022 and that Colin Albert’s injury backed his assertion that the witness has violent tendencies.

Read has strong reactions during Wednesday’s court proceedings

Thursday 16 May 2024 16:01 , Alex Lang

Yesterday, Ms Read snapped at her defense attorneys during a break and the entire exchange was captured by cameras in the courtroom.

The incident happened after testimony and Read rolled her eyes and then looked sharply at her lawyers.

Karen Read reacts to her family during a break in her murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday (AP)
Karen Read reacts to her family during a break in her murder trail at Dedham Superior Court on Wednesday (AP)

Defense paints Colin Albert as violent

Thursday 16 May 2024 15:41 , Dan Gooding

Karen Read’s attorney has tried to paint Colin Albert as a violent individual, by showing videos from his phone and social media that included him saying he would “f**k you up” to unknown individuals he was potentially upset with.

Mr Albert claimed these were from sometime during high school, meaning they were made a few years before the night John O’Keefe died.

Ms Read’s defence team believes Mr Albert did have the means and the motive to attack the victim and will be hoping these videos show that he has violent tendencies.

Day 13 of Karen Read trial

Thursday 16 May 2024 15:29 , Dan Gooding

Court has been underway once more in the murder trial of Karen Read, as her defence attorney cross-examines key witness Colin Albert.

Mr Albert was allegedly inside the home in Canton, Massachusetts, where John O’Keefe was found lying in the snow outside on 29 January 2022.

Ms Read’s team argues that Mr Albert was involved in a fight which ultimately led to Mr O’Keefe’s death.

What have other witnesses said?

Thursday 16 May 2024 20:48 , Dan Gooding

On Wednesday, the court heard from Allison McCabe, the daughter of Jennifer McCabe, who was with Ms Read when they discovered Mr O’Keefe’s body lying in the snow in front of the home of Brian and Nichole Albert, where a group went after the bar they had all been at closed.

During Allison’s emotional testimony, she came to the defence of Colin Albert, one of the men Ms Read’s defence team claims was involved in a fight at Albert’s home that they say resulted in Mr O’Keefe’s death, according to CBS.

Allison told the court she had picked up Colin Albert and drove him to the home, and that Colin was not present during the alleged fight.

“Colin wasn’t at the house. He’s being harassed for … he was not at the house when John [O’Keefe] was there. I drove him home. People are harassing him, saying he was at the house when it’s not true,” Allison McCabe said in court.

Read more from Wednesday’s hearing.