Karen Read’s defense team filed a motion today asking to have her bail reduced, which contained new information that has debunked several lies from the Commonwealth. Read was originally held on $50K bail in Stoughton District Court when she was charged with manslaughter on February 2, 2022. In June of 2022 she was charged with murder (after a grand jury was convened in which the Alberts and McCabes provided new testimony that Read’s defense team could not cross examine), and bail was set at $100K. Judge Beverly Cannone reduced the bail to $80K in February, returning $20K to Read.
The new motion outlines the tremendous costs that Karen Read has had to pay for out of pocket, in order to hire experts to do the job that police are paid by the taxpayers (including Karen Read) to do.
One of the examples listed involves a singular piece of hair that Michael Proctor claims to have found on rear passenger quarter panel of Karen Read’s Lexus LX 570. According to the Commonwealth this hair allegedly:
- Remained on Karen’s car after driving from Canton to Dighton in a blizzard, sat in her parent’s driveway while a foot of snow was falling, and was then towed from Dighton back to Canton
- Was human hair
- Was evidence that Karen Read killed John O’Keefe with her car
Even if the hair was John O’Keefe’s it wouldn’t prove anything. They lived together, so it wouldn’t be surprising to have a singular small piece of hair end up on her vehicle. Additionally, if she had struck him with her car, how did the John’s hair end up on the rear passenger quarter panel, which is located on the side of the car, if he was fully clothed?
In the original charging documents from June 2022 the “apparent hair” was mentioned for the first time.
This hair was used by Lally to argue for $500K bail. Cannone met the parties in the middle and set it at $100K.
On May 3, in their motion to oppose the defense access to Brian Albert’s cell phone, Lally stated stated in court that Forensic Scientist Maureen Hartnett, who is employed as a criminalist for the Massachusetts State Police, tested the hair and found that it was human.
David Yannetti made it clear at the May 3 hearing that they didn’t care much about the hair, and wasn’t worried about what the results would yield, so they didn’t need one of their experts to observe the testing.
Nevertheless, the Commonwealth wanted to have the hair tested for DNA to see if it was John O’Keefe’s, so Karen Read had to pay out of pocket for that as well.
However, it was revealed that the hair sample has been tested, and the Commonwealth has been lying this entire time. Not only is the hair not John O’Keefe’s, it’s not human.
The Commonwealth used this blatant lie about the hair in order to make it sound more believable that Karen Read struck John O’Keefe with her car in order to argue for higher bail. They had to do this because they have no actual evidence that KR ever struck JO with her vehicle. Either the Commonwealth was either lying when they stated that Maureen Hartnett confirmed that the hair was human hair, or Hartnett is completely incompetent and can’t tell the difference between animal fur and human hair.
Considering the fact that the Commonwealth has a long history of planting evidence, and lying in their reports (about the Canton DPW not plowing Fairview Road), I’m going to assume that Maureen Hartnett never told them the blatant lie that the hair was human hair. They just made that up like they did when they announced that Michael Proctor never went to 34 Fairview Road at all on January 29.
Even more egregiously on page 12 of their September 1, 2023 filing, the Commonwealth once again stated that the hair was confirmed to be human.searchresults (41)
This is significant because when they said the same thing on May 3 the defense didn’t have the test results back yet to show this was false. On September 1 they did. This means that the Commonwealth knowingly lied in a motion about a matter that they KNEW that the defense knew was untrue.
Over and over again we have seen throughout this process how easily the Commonwealth and State Police are willing to lie in court motions that they’re using to charge an innocent woman with murder. They don’t care how it makes them look because they believe they are above reproach and can plant and lie about evidence without repercussion. And why wouldn’t they feel this way? They have all the guns, so what are you gonna do about it?
The only hope at this point is that the FBI and US Attorney’s Office’s investigation into corruption is targeting the District Attorney’s Office, instead of the Alberts and McCabes.