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The murder trial of Karen Read resumes with the second day of jury selection

Karen Read returns to court for the second day of jury selection in a murder trial


Karen Read returns to court for the second day of jury selection in a murder trial

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DEDHAM – The Karen Lees murder process Resumes on Wednesday with jury selection continues for a second day in a row.

Prosecutors accuse Read of striking and killing her boyfriend with her SUV during a snowstorm in 2022. John O’Keefe, a Boston police officer, was found dead outside a home in Canton. Read’s defense team claims he was killed during a fight in the house and dragged outside.

read followers were again near the court-mandated “buffer zone” outside Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham. The judge in the case imposed the restriction in an effort to preserve an impartial jury.

Some Read supporters wore pink as the judge banned clothing supporting either side within 200 feet of the courthouse. During months of legal proceedings, there was a large presence of Read supporters, often wearing shirts and carrying signs that read “Free Karen Read.”

How is a jury selected?

Jury selection for the high-profile case began Tuesday with about 90 potential jurors. Of that group, about 70 were aware of the matter and 25 had an opinion.

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The goal is to reach twelve jurors plus a number of alternates. According to the defense team, there were four jurors seated on the first day. Once the jury is seated, the trial is expected to last about eight weeks.

Each day begins with a large group of potential jurors being asked a series of questions and raising their hands to indicate whether they may be biased. The jurors then fill out a questionnaire and meet individually with the judge and attorneys.

Wednesday’s jury members consist of 85 people.

Challenges in finding an impartial jury

Experts say jury selection will be challenging because of the attention the case has attracted.

“You must or must not be living under a rock in Boston not to have heard of the Karen Read case. So the question is whether you will find people who are familiar with the case but at least have the ability or claim to have the ability to keep an open mind,” said Daniel Medwed, professor at Northeastern School of Law.

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