Jury begins fourth day of deliberations – NBC Boston

Jury begins fourth day of deliberations – NBC Boston
Jury begins fourth day of deliberations – NBC Boston

There is still no verdict in the murder trial of Karen Read.

Read is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the January 2022 death of her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O’Keefe. She is accused of dropping him off at another police officer’s house party in Canton, Massachusetts, after a night of drinking, then hitting him with her SUV and leaving him to die in a snowstorm.

Her defense attorney argues that the crime was framed for her and that the evidence showed that O’Keefe was beaten by someone else in the house, bitten by a dog and left outside.

The jury will meet again on Friday for its fourth day of deliberations – and will obviously take the time to present all the evidence in the case before making its decision.

Any lawyer will tell you that no one really knows what goes on in a jury room. While many legal experts thought we would have a verdict by now, others say it’s no surprise that the jury is now entering its fourth day of deliberations.

They say a variety of factors could be at play – from disagreement over whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty to a group of jurors who just want to make sure they have considered all the evidence and have not overlooked anything that could influence their decision one way or the other.

After all, this is a second-degree murder case, and juries tend to take their responsibility very seriously. Additionally, it can be difficult to get 12 people to reach a unanimous decision on any matter.

Defense attorney Peter Elikann says after more than 70 witnesses and nine weeks of testimony, the jury will have to sift through a lot of information to reach a verdict.

“Remember, we’ve all been talking and gossiping about this case. The jury has never been allowed to talk about it at all. They’re forbidden to gossip about this case, and this is the very first time all 12 of them are sitting in a room, going over the evidence and gossiping. They must be about to explode with everything that’s been building up inside them over the last nine weeks,” Elikann said.

It is almost impossible to predict how long it will take a jury to reach its decision and announce a verdict.

When looking at other high-profile cases in Massachusetts, it is clear that the length of deliberations varied.

In the trial of Aaron Hernandez, for example, he was found guilty of the murder of Odin Lloyd after 36 hours of deliberations. However, in about the same time, he was found not guilty of killing Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu.

Emmanuel Lopes was found guilty of killing a police officer and a bystander after weeks of deliberations, after his first trial ended without a jury agreement.

And Adam Montgomery, who was convicted of killing his daughter Harmony, was found guilty in just eight hours.

Chris Dearborn, a professor at Suffolk University Law School, says it’s hard to know what’s going on in the jury room and even harder to determine whether this is a guilty verdict or an acquittal.

“One possibility is that they’re just taking this whole thing seriously. They’ve been together for six weeks. They’ve heard a lot of evidence. They want to get it right. And I think if they do that, that’s a good sign for the system,” Dearborn said. “It’s also possible that they’ve become fixated on some kind of piece of evidence. There may be one or two who are dissenting from the majority position, and they’re trying to work through all of this.”

The discussions are scheduled to continue on Friday at around 9 a.m.

The third day of deliberations has come to an end and the world is waiting anxiously to see whether Karen Read will be found guilty of the charges against her.

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