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Karen Read's attorneys say jury unanimously agreed 2nd-degree murder was 'off the table'
Karen Read's attorneys say jury unanimously agreed 2nd-degree murder was 'off the table'
Karen Read's attorneys say jury unanimously agreed 2nd-degree murder was 'off the table'

Published on: 07/09/2024

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DEDHAM — Attorneys for Karen Read, a Mansfield woman accused of killing her Boston police officer boyfriend, say jurors agreed to acquit her of second-degree murder and leaving the scene of personal injury or death before Judge Beverly Cannone declared a mistrial last week.

Read's defense attorneys Monday filed a motion seeking to dismiss two charges in the case and said the jury had agreed unanimously that Read was not guilty of second-degree murder and leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death. Attorney Alan Jackson wrote that a retrial on such counts would violate double jeopardy protections.

Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey says his office plans to retry Read.

Jackson said he was contacted July 2 by one of the jurors about "inaccurate reports about the split among the jurors related to the mistrial." The juror said that the charge of second degree murder was "off the table" and and 12 jurors agreed Read was not guilty of that charge.

The juror said the jury also unanimously agreed that Read is not guilt of leaving the scene of personal injury and death.

Jackson said the defense was denied the chance to request that the court inquire about which counts the jury was deadlocked on after the jurors returned saying they were at an impasse.

"Had the court so inquired, it appears clear that not guilty verdicts could have been recorded for count 1 and count 3," Jackson wrote. "Ms. Read was denied her right to receive those verdicts in her favor."

Yannetti said he was contacted by two different people who had received information from two jurors. One of the people provided Yannetti with a screenshot of a text message with one of the jurors that read, "It was not guilty of second degree."

Another person shared screenshots of text messages with one of the jurors that read, "no consideration for murder 2."

The defense and the prosecution made their closing arguments Tuesday, June 25, in the trial of Read, who was charged with second-degree murder after O'Keefe's body was found in the driveway outside the Canton home of a fellow Boston police officer Jan. 29, 2022, during a snowstorm. Prosecutors say Read was drunk and angry when she purposely hit him.

But defense attorneys for Read say she was framed for O'Keefe's death.

Read is also charged with manslaughter while driving drunk and leaving the scene of personal injury and death.

Prosecutors called more than 65 witnesses in testimony that started April 29.

The defense's list of witnesses was much shorter and included a plow driver who said he did not see anything on the lawn in Canton where O'Keefe's body was found.

News Source : https://www.patriotledger.com/story/news/2024/07/08/karen-read-murder-trial-juror-speaks-out-defense-attorney-john-okeefe-death/74327968007/

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