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Fourth day of jury deliberations in Karen Read murder trial

Fourth day of jury deliberations in Karen Read murder trial
Fourth day of jury deliberations in Karen Read murder trial

Karen Read leaves the courthouse on Thursday. (Photo by Matt Stone/Boston Herald)

The fourth day of jury deliberations in the Karen Read murder trial in Dedham has begun.

Judge Beverly Cannone convened the hearing shortly after 9 a.m. for the shortest session yet in the deliberation process. There was no side note, and Cannone simply asked the jurors if they were able to follow her instructions, not consume any media about the case, not discuss the case with anyone, and not conduct their own outside investigation.

They answered, β€œYes,” or nodded in agreement.

Read, 44, of Mansfield, is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run following a fatal accident.

The second count includes two options for “less serious charges”: manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Read can be convicted or found not guilty on each of these counts.

Prosecutors say Read was drunk from a night of drinking and angry because her jealousy and dissatisfaction in the relationship was growing. She rammed her Lexus SUV into her boyfriend of about two years, Boston police officer John O’Keefe, then left him to freeze and die in a co-worker’s front yard in Canton.

Defense attorneys fought back throughout the trial, arguing that a network of Canton residents, local police, and the regional hierarchy of the Massachusetts State Police worked to cover up the murders of others and pin the blame on their client.

As the Herald reported, the crowd of Read supporters who gather each morning near the Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham in anticipation of a verdict has dwindled as the deliberations drag on.

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