Karen Read

Karen Read, a financial analyst and college professor, is facing charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter while operating under the influence and leaving the scene in the death of her boyfriend, Boston Police Officer John O'Keefe. O'Keefe's bruised, frozen body was found on the lawn of Boston Police Officer Brian Albert on the morning of January 29, 2022. Prosecutors say Read and O'Keefe, 46, argued drunkenly in her car as she was dropping him off at a friend's house party after a night of barhopping. They allege she intentionally backed her Lexus SUV into O'Keefe in a rage, leaving him to die in the snow. Read claims that she and O'Keefe had been drinking with his friend Jennifer McCabe, whom Read did not know well, at the local bar. Around midnight, McCabe invited the couple to the home of her brother-in-law Brian Albert, a retired Boston Police Fugitive Unit commander detective. Read says she dropped O'Keefe off there then drove to his home in Canton, where the officer lived with his orphaned niece and nephew, and went to bed. Later she returned to the Albert home and saw O'Keefe's body on the lawn. Read denies killing O'Keefe and claims she's being framed by people who were in the suburban party house. There is an ongoing federal probe of a possible police cover-up in the case.