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A murderous romance or a frame job? Things to know about Boston's Karen Read murder trial

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A murderous romance or a frame job? Things to know about Boston's Karen Read murder trial
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A murderous romance or a frame job? Things to know about Boston's Karen Read murder trial

2024-06-15 03:37 Last Updated At:03:41

BOSTON (AP) — The highly publicized trial of a woman accused of striking her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV and leaving him for dead in a snowbank finished its seventh week on Friday.

John O’Keefe, 46, died in the Boston suburb of Canton in the early hours of Jan. 29, 2022. Prosecutors say Karen Read, 44, dropped him off at a house party hosted by a fellow officer after a night of drinking, struck him while making a three-point turn and drove away.

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Karen Read, left, sits with her legal team during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

BOSTON (AP) — The highly publicized trial of a woman accused of striking her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV and leaving him for dead in a snowbank finished its seventh week on Friday.

Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally questions Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally questions Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone, left, listens as Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone, left, listens as Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney David Yannetti questions Jessica Hyde, a digital forensic examiner, during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney David Yannetti questions Jessica Hyde, a digital forensic examiner, during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Jessica Hyde, a digital forensic examiner, testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Jessica Hyde, a digital forensic examiner, testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Massachusetts State Police Detective Lt. Brian Tully on the witness shows a sneaker found at Fairview Road that matches one taken of John O'Keefe at Good Samaritan hospital during the Karen Read murder trial, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Norfolk Super Court in Dedham, Mass. Read is facing charges, including second degree murder, in the 2022 death of her boyfriend Boston Officer John O’Keefe. (Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Massachusetts State Police Detective Lt. Brian Tully on the witness shows a sneaker found at Fairview Road that matches one taken of John O'Keefe at Good Samaritan hospital during the Karen Read murder trial, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Norfolk Super Court in Dedham, Mass. Read is facing charges, including second degree murder, in the 2022 death of her boyfriend Boston Officer John O’Keefe. (Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Mass State Police Trooper Michael Proctor listens on the witness stand during the Karen Read murder trial, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Norfolk Super Court in Dedham, Mass. Read is facing charges, including second degree murder, in the 2022 death of her boyfriend Boston Officer John O’Keefe. (Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Mass State Police Trooper Michael Proctor listens on the witness stand during the Karen Read murder trial, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Norfolk Super Court in Dedham, Mass. Read is facing charges, including second degree murder, in the 2022 death of her boyfriend Boston Officer John O’Keefe. (Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

State Trooper Det. Lt. Brian Tully testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

State Trooper Det. Lt. Brian Tully testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

BODE employee Nicholas Bradford testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

BODE employee Nicholas Bradford testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

State Trooper Det. Lt. Brian Tully testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

State Trooper Det. Lt. Brian Tully testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone listens during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone listens during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally speaks to witnesses during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally speaks to witnesses during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read watches as her legal team meets at the side bar during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read watches as her legal team meets at the side bar during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read waits as her legal team meets at the side bar during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read waits as her legal team meets at the side bar during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins examines his communication records during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins examines his communication records during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins testifies during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins testifies during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins, left, sits on the stand with his attorney William Connolly during Karen Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins, left, sits on the stand with his attorney William Connolly during Karen Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson questions witness Brian Higgins during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson questions witness Brian Higgins during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson, left, hands a copy of text exchanges to witness Brian Higgins, which show messages between Higgins and defendant Karen Read, during the trial of Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson, left, hands a copy of text exchanges to witness Brian Higgins, which show messages between Higgins and defendant Karen Read, during the trial of Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins answers question from prosecutor Adam Lally regarding text messages between Higgins and defendant Karen Read, during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins answers question from prosecutor Adam Lally regarding text messages between Higgins and defendant Karen Read, during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Matthew McCabe testifies during the trial of Karen Read at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Matthew McCabe testifies during the trial of Karen Read at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally questions witness Matthew McCabe during the trial of Karen Read at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally questions witness Matthew McCabe during the trial of Karen Read at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read smiles after listening to her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read smiles after listening to her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Read has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges. Her defense team argues that she has been framed by someone who beat O'Keefe to death inside the home and that the homeowner’s relationship with local and state police tainted their investigation.

A look at the facts and legal arguments:

The lead investigator in the case, Massachusetts State Trooper Michael Proctor, spent two days on the stand. He was a gift to the defense.

Much of Proctor's testimony revolved around a series of offensive and sexist texts he wrote about Read during the investigation.

Proctor acknowledged that he called Read several names, including “wack job,” in texts to friends, family and fellow troopers. He also admitted that he joked to supervisors about not finding nude photos while searching her phone and texting his sister that he wished Read would “kill herself,” which he claimed was a figure of speech and that “emotions got the best of me.”

He apologized for the language he used but insisted they had no influence on the investigation.

Proctor also admitted he is friends with the brother of Brian Albert and his wife — though he insisted it had no influence on the investigation and that he had never been to their house before O’Keefe’s death. Brian Albert is a Boston police officer who hosted the house party in Canton where O’Keefe’s body was found in the front yard.

On cross-examination, defense attorney Alan Jackson got Proctor to acknowledge that he was drinking buddies with Albert’s brother, Kevin Albert, who is a Canton police officer. He acknowledged they went out drinking several months after O’Keefe died, worked on a cold case together and communicated about coordinating aspects of the O’Keefe case even though the Canton Police Department recused itself from the case.

That testimony bolsters a defense argument that a myriad of relationships among investigators, witnesses and those at the house party biased the investigation and blinded state and local law enforcement officials to the possibility that someone else killed O’Keefe.

They contend that O’Keefe was beaten inside the home, bitten by a family dog and then left outside.

Prosecutors continued to lean into evidence found at the scene, which they argue shows Read was responsible for killing O'Keefe.

Proctor and Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Yuriy Bukhenik, another investigator, detailed how they discovered pieces of red and clear plastic at the scene that came from Read's broken taillight. Prosecutors, who argue Read broke her taillight when she backed into O'Keefe, showed photos of the pieces of red plastic in the snow and showed evidence bags which contained the pieces of plastic.

Prosecutors also continued to try and rebut defense arguments that Read broke her right taillight while backing out of her garage and hitting O'Keefe's vehicle. Prosecutors last week showed footage from O’Keefe’s home security camera showing Read’s SUV pulling out of the driveway early on Jan. 29 — the morning that O'Keefe's body was found. Bukhenik acknowledged that the video appears to show the back tire of O’Keefe’s vehicle shake slightly as the SUV backs up toward it. But he testified that O'Keefe's vehicle was not damaged and that nothing was found near his vehicle. Proctor also testified that he saw no damage on O'Keefe's vehicle nor to the garage door.

Prosecutors also put up DNA analysts, who testified that DNA from a hair sample found on the back of Read's SUV, the taillight and from Proctor and Bukhenik was tested. Nicholas Bradford, of Bode Technology lab in Virginia, testified there was “strong support” to indicate O'Keefe's DNA was found and “strong support” that DNA from the two state troopers was not.

Earlier in the trial, defense attorneys suggested the hair found on the vehicle’s exterior may have been planted.

In testimony Friday, Trooper Joseph Paul testified that an analysis of safety system data from Read's SUV indicated her vehicle slowed in reverse at the time of the incident — going from 24.2 mph to 23.6 mph (39 to 38 kph). That was consistent with a “pedestrian strike,” Paul said, adding that O'Keefe's injuries were also consistent with being struck by a vehicle.

Karen Read, left, sits with her legal team during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read, left, sits with her legal team during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally questions Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally questions Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone, left, listens as Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone, left, listens as Mass. State Police Trooper Joseph Paul testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney David Yannetti questions Jessica Hyde, a digital forensic examiner, during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney David Yannetti questions Jessica Hyde, a digital forensic examiner, during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Jessica Hyde, a digital forensic examiner, testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Jessica Hyde, a digital forensic examiner, testifies during the trial of Karen Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defendant Karen Read, right, talks with her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Massachusetts State Police Detective Lt. Brian Tully on the witness shows a sneaker found at Fairview Road that matches one taken of John O'Keefe at Good Samaritan hospital during the Karen Read murder trial, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Norfolk Super Court in Dedham, Mass. Read is facing charges, including second degree murder, in the 2022 death of her boyfriend Boston Officer John O’Keefe. (Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Massachusetts State Police Detective Lt. Brian Tully on the witness shows a sneaker found at Fairview Road that matches one taken of John O'Keefe at Good Samaritan hospital during the Karen Read murder trial, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Norfolk Super Court in Dedham, Mass. Read is facing charges, including second degree murder, in the 2022 death of her boyfriend Boston Officer John O’Keefe. (Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Mass State Police Trooper Michael Proctor listens on the witness stand during the Karen Read murder trial, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Norfolk Super Court in Dedham, Mass. Read is facing charges, including second degree murder, in the 2022 death of her boyfriend Boston Officer John O’Keefe. (Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Mass State Police Trooper Michael Proctor listens on the witness stand during the Karen Read murder trial, Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in Norfolk Super Court in Dedham, Mass. Read is facing charges, including second degree murder, in the 2022 death of her boyfriend Boston Officer John O’Keefe. (Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

State Trooper Det. Lt. Brian Tully testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

State Trooper Det. Lt. Brian Tully testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

BODE employee Nicholas Bradford testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

BODE employee Nicholas Bradford testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

State Trooper Det. Lt. Brian Tully testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

State Trooper Det. Lt. Brian Tully testifies during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read listens during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone listens during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Judge Beverly Cannone listens during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally speaks to witnesses during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally speaks to witnesses during the Karen Read trial at Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham, Mass., Thursday, June 13, 2024. (David McGlynn/The Patriot Ledger via AP, Pool)

Karen Read watches as her legal team meets at the side bar during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read watches as her legal team meets at the side bar during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read waits as her legal team meets at the side bar during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read waits as her legal team meets at the side bar during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins examines his communication records during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins examines his communication records during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins testifies during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins testifies during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins, left, sits on the stand with his attorney William Connolly during Karen Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins, left, sits on the stand with his attorney William Connolly during Karen Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson questions witness Brian Higgins during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson questions witness Brian Higgins during the trial of Karen Reed in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson, left, hands a copy of text exchanges to witness Brian Higgins, which show messages between Higgins and defendant Karen Read, during the trial of Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Defense attorney Alan Jackson, left, hands a copy of text exchanges to witness Brian Higgins, which show messages between Higgins and defendant Karen Read, during the trial of Read in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins answers question from prosecutor Adam Lally regarding text messages between Higgins and defendant Karen Read, during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Brian Higgins answers question from prosecutor Adam Lally regarding text messages between Higgins and defendant Karen Read, during Read's trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Matthew McCabe testifies during the trial of Karen Read at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Witness Matthew McCabe testifies during the trial of Karen Read at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally questions witness Matthew McCabe during the trial of Karen Read at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Prosecutor Adam Lally questions witness Matthew McCabe during the trial of Karen Read at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read smiles after listening to her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read smiles after listening to her attorney Alan Jackson during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Karen Read listens to testimony during her trial at Norfolk County Superior Court, Friday, May 17, 2024, in Dedham, Mass. Read, 44, is accused of running into her Boston police officer boyfriend with her SUV in the middle of a nor'easter and leaving him for dead after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A passenger train derailed on Thursday in northern India, killing at least two passengers and injuring 20 others, a railroad official said. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Naveen Kumar, a state relief commissioner, said dozens of rescuers, a 40-member team of doctors and paramedics, and 15 ambulances have reached the site of the accident. The injured have been moved to hospitals and government health centers in the area, he said.

The train was on its way to Dibrugarh, a town in northeastern Assam state, from the northern city of Chandigarh when it derailed near the town of Gonda, causing six coaches to derail and two to overturn, Kumar said. Gonda is about 120 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of Lucknow, the state capital.

Television images showed scores of passengers standing next to derailed coaches waiting for rescuers.

In June, a cargo train rammed into a passenger train in the eastern state of West Bengal, killing nine people and injuring dozens of others. Investigators said the driver of the cargo train, who was among the dead, disregarded a signal and caused the collision.

Last year, a train crash in eastern India killed over 280 people in one of the country’s deadliest accidents in decades.

More than 12 million people ride 14,000 trains across India daily, traveling on 64,000 kilometers (40,000 miles) of track. Despite government efforts to improve rail safety, several hundred accidents happen annually, most blamed on human error or outdated signaling equipment.

Police and rescuers secure the site of a passenger train accident near Gonda, 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Lucknow, India, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo)

Police and rescuers secure the site of a passenger train accident near Gonda, 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Lucknow, India, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo)

Police and rescuers arrive at the site of a passenger train accident near Gonda, 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Lucknow, India, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo)

Police and rescuers arrive at the site of a passenger train accident near Gonda, 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Lucknow, India, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo)

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