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Attorney for defendant Karen Read motions for more discovery


The defense attorney for the Mansfield woman accused of killing her boyfriend, a 16-year officer with the Boston Police Department, is making moves for more information.

“When it was in Stoughton District Court, there was a fight on almost every court date when we wanted information and the government was dragging its feet,” attorney David Yannetti said outside the Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham Friday afternoon.

“But I am pleased to announce that we are starting to get that information,” he added with a giant stack of discovery papers and even a CD visible under his arm.

Karen Read, 42, is accused of backing her Lexus SUV into her boyfriend of two years, Officer John O’Keefe, 46, just as a blizzard was winding up in the first hour of Jan. 29. Police found his body — along with Read apparently trying to revive him — in the snow at around 6 a.m. in the front yard of a Fairview Road home in Canton the couple had been invited to following a night out at two area bars with friends.

This first pretrial conference since the case moved from district court to the superior court — and with it a grand jury indictment alleging murder — lasted all of four minutes.

But it brought with it four new defense discovery motions: to receive the materials included in the commonwealth’s discovery process so far, a request for and preservation of geofence data held by Google, authorization to inspect the taillight and its housing in Read’s Lexus SUV that prosecutors say backed into O’Keefe and killed him, and authorization to inspect O’Keefe’s clothing from that night.

Yannetti said he requested access to the taillight and its housing because it unavailable to him and an expert he hired to review it earlier, despite the taillight area being what had allegedly struck and killed O’Keefe.

The geofence data — which would show what smartphones were in the area at the time — is not something the defense can retrieve on its own by federal statute. He said that prosecutors told him they are beginning the process to retrieve that data from Google.

The court was full of friends and family of Read, who she hugged and smiled with following the hearing. Courtrooms have been packed since the very beginning of the case, often with police officers.

“O’Keefe was a good cop and a good man,” Yannetti said. “That’s why my client was with him.”


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