Skip to Content Facebook Feature Image

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

ENT

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

ENT

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.

More Images
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)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom used his State of the State address on Tuesday to boost President Joe Biden ahead of Thursday's pivotal presidential debate, comparing Donald Trump's version of the Republican Party to the rise of fascism prior to World War II and offering Democrats' ideals as “an antidote to the poisonous populism of the right.”

Nowhere in Newsom's speech — which was prerecorded and posted online to his social media channels in a departure from decades of tradition — did he mention Trump or Biden by name. But he used some of Trump's most incendiary statements to offer a dark contrast of the choice facing Americans in November, comparing it to the eve of World War II when “fascism spread its hate and destruction throughout Europe.”

“When they speak of immigrants poisoning American blood, and of mass deportations and detention camps, this is the language of destruction — of 1939,” Newsom said.

Trump made those comments about immigrants “poisoning the blood of our country” during a campaign rally in Iowa last year, later saying he did not know that Adolf Hitler had once said something similar. Still, the comments have become a key talking point for the left as they paint Trump's candidacy as a warning for a dark future.

The political tone of Newsom's speech was not surprising given his role as one of the Biden campaign's top surrogates, which has made him a target of Republicans who have repeatedly held up California as an example of Democrats' mismanagement. They have pointed to the state's $46.8 billion budget deficit, high tax rates, large homeless population and the proliferation of property crimes in its largest cities — acts which have been captured in viral social media clips.

Much of Newsom's speech was devoted to pushing back against that narrative, referring to “delusional California bashers” whose “success depends on our failure.” He noted California's violent crime rate is about half of what it was at its peak in 1992. He said property crime in San Francisco has fallen as has the overall crime rate across the bay in Oakland — where Newsom recently deployed 120 California Highway Patrol officers.

“This is because in California, we take public safety seriously. We take it as a problem to solve, not just to flog on cable news,” he said. “While it’s true that California has among the toughest felony theft thresholds in the nation, we will do more to go after professional theft rings more forcefully.”

On homelessness, Newsom pointed to the more active role the state has taken under his administration, including spending billions of dollars to create programs that provided 15,300 units of housing and provided shelter for more than 71,000 people. But a state audit released earlier this year chided his administration for not tracking how effective the state's homelessness spending — more than $24 billion over five years — has been.

Newsom defended his decision to sign a law raising the minimum wage for fast food workers to $20 an hour, a raise that businesses have blamed for increasing customer costs. And he boasted about California's economy that, were it an independent country, would rank as the fifth largest in the world — saying California has added 63,000 new millionaires since 2019.

“Here is a simple question for Republicans: If California is a failed state, why are four of the seven most valuable companies in the world based here?” he said, referring to Apple, Nvidia, and the parent companies of Google and Facebook. “The best minds in the world call California home because they’re liberated from the constraints of conformity and tradition. This is true freedom — to invent and make the world a better place.”

Newsom's speech comes a few weeks after a statewide survey from the Public Policy Institute of California found 59% of likely voters believed California is headed in the wrong direction while 52% disapprove of the way Newsom is handling his job as governor. The survey was based on responses from 1,098 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

Republicans criticized Newsom for not giving a public speech, holding their own in-person rebuttal on the steps of the state Capitol about an hour after Newsom’s speech started on social media. James Gallagher, the Republican leader of the state Assembly, called Newsom “defensive” and “unhinged.”

“To sit here and talk about venture capitalists when the majority of Californians are struggling, to me, is tone deaf,” Gallagher said. “It was not a real addressing of the problems that Californians are facing.”

Newsom chose to deliver a speech for the smartphone era, opting to upload a prerecorded video across his social media channels instead of delivering a formal speech before a packed house of state lawmakers.

The Democratic governor, now in his second term, has never been a big fan of formal speeches, given the difficulty his dyslexia gives him while reading from a teleprompter in live time. Last year, Newsom skipped the speech entirely, instead embarking on a statewide tour to announce a series of major policy proposals in a more informal setting that allowed for questions from reporters.

California's Constitution requires the governor to update the Legislature every year “on the condition of the state.” Prior to World War II, California governors would do this by sending a letter to the Legislature. That changed with Gov. Earl Warren — the future chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court — who decided to give a formal speech to the Legislature.

Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle speaks with reporters as Republican Assembly member James Gallagher looks on during a news conference outside the California Capitol on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Sacramento, Calif. Dahle and Gallagher criticized Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom for delivering a prerecorded State of the State address. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle speaks with reporters as Republican Assembly member James Gallagher looks on during a news conference outside the California Capitol on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Sacramento, Calif. Dahle and Gallagher criticized Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom for delivering a prerecorded State of the State address. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

FILE - California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a rally, June 7, 2024, in San Francisco. Newsom used his State of the State address on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, to boost President Joe Biden ahead of Thursday's pivotal presidential debate, comparing Donald Trump's version of the Republican Party to the rise of fascism prior to World War II and offering Democrats' ideals as "an antidote to the poisonous populism of the right." (Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)

FILE - California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a rally, June 7, 2024, in San Francisco. Newsom used his State of the State address on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, to boost President Joe Biden ahead of Thursday's pivotal presidential debate, comparing Donald Trump's version of the Republican Party to the rise of fascism prior to World War II and offering Democrats' ideals as "an antidote to the poisonous populism of the right." (Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)

FILE - California Gov. Gavin Newsom answers a reporters question about his revised 2024-25 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, May 10, 2024. Newsom used his State of the State address on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, to boost President Joe Biden ahead of Thursday's pivotal presidential debate, comparing Donald Trump's version of the Republican Party to the rise of fascism prior to World War II and offering Democrats' ideals as "an antidote to the poisonous populism of the right." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

FILE - California Gov. Gavin Newsom answers a reporters question about his revised 2024-25 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, May 10, 2024. Newsom used his State of the State address on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, to boost President Joe Biden ahead of Thursday's pivotal presidential debate, comparing Donald Trump's version of the Republican Party to the rise of fascism prior to World War II and offering Democrats' ideals as "an antidote to the poisonous populism of the right." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Recommended Articles