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Fourth day of jury deliberations in Karen Read murder trial – Boston News, Weather, Sports

Fourth day of jury deliberations in Karen Read murder trial – Boston News, Weather, Sports
Fourth day of jury deliberations in Karen Read murder trial – Boston News, Weather, Sports

DEDHAM, MASS. (WHDH) – Jurors returned to Norfolk Superior Court Friday for the fourth day of deliberations in the 40th day of the closely watched Karen Read murder trial.

After the parties had briefly gathered in the courtroom at around 9 a.m., the jury again went behind closed doors.

Read faces three charges, including second-degree murder, manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run. Prosecutors say she struck her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O’Keefe, with her SUV and left him for dead outside the Canton home of Brian and Nicole Albert.

Her defense attorney has said she is being framed and claims O’Keefe actually died after a fight in the house.

The prosecution and defense made their closing arguments on Tuesday. By Thursday night, the jury of six men and six women had deliberated for 14 hours without reaching a verdict.

Read could receive a life sentence if convicted of murder. The DUI charge carries a penalty of five to 20 years in prison. A hit-and-run conviction could land Read behind bars for up to 10 years.

With their fate in the hands of the jury, numerous supporters of Read continued to gather outside the courthouse, cheering Read’s arrival and departure and waiting impatiently for the verdict.

“It’s a little disheartening,” one supporter said when asked about the delay on Thursday.

Read mingled with her supporters, stopping at times to take a photo with a 12-year-old fan on Thursday afternoon.

The two have a similar illness and Read encouraged the child.

Although testimony has been taken, a 200-foot buffer zone remains in effect to keep supporters away from the actual courthouse. State police have also increased security, deploying officers around the barricades and crowds of supporters and reporters in Dedham.

The discussions lasted from about 9.30 a.m. on Thursday.

That is a developing story; stay with 7NEWS on air and online for the latest updates.

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