Karen Read murder trial livestream video: Thursday, May 9

Livestream via NBC10 Boston.

On the stand:

  • Christopher Albert, Canton, MA

It’s another half-day of testimony in the Karen Read murder trial, which continues Thursday in Norfolk Superior Court.

Friends of Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe took the stand Wednesday and spoke of O’Keefe’s role as a guardian to his young niece and nephew, his relationship with Read, and the couple’s time at two local bars the night before O’Keefe died .

“They were affectionate toward each other, loving toward each other, to the point where my wife even made a comment, ‘Why are you not like that with me?’” recalled Nicholas Kolokithas, who was with O’Keefe, Read, and others at the Waterfall Bar & Grille in Canton on Jan. 28, 2022.

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Karina Kolokithas, his wife, later testified that Read and O’Keefe appeared “quite lovey-dovey.”

While witnesses denied seeing any arguments or tension between Read and O’Keefe that night, prosecutors allege the couple’s mood soured at some point.

Read, they say, backed her SUV into O’Keefe — her boyfriend of two years — while dropping him off at an afterparty on Fairview Road in Canton. The 44-year-old is accused of leaving O’Keefe to die in the snow outside a fellow Boston officer’s home.

After finding O’Keefe’s body later that morning, Read allegedly told first responders she and O’Keefe had had a spat, a Canton firefighter and paramedic testified last week.

“She had said that they had gotten into an argument,” Jason Becker said. “She was sad because that was the last thing she had said to him, it was the argument. But she didn’t go into detail about what the argument was about or what was said.”

Karen Read gestures at the defense table with lawyer David Yannetti during her trial Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham. – Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool

Lawyers for the Mansfield woman have argued O’Keefe was actually beaten inside 34 Fairview Road and possibly attacked by the family’s German shepherd. They say Read was framed in a widespread coverup meant to protect a well-known and well-connected local family.

One member of that family, homeowner Brian Albert’s brother Chris, is expected to take the stand Thursday, according to WBZ. A Canton police lieutenant who investigated O’Keefe’s death early on in the case testified Tuesday that he was once “pretty good friends” with Chris Albert and intervened on Albert’s behalf in a 2002 bar fight.

Chris Albert sits on Canton’s Select Board.

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