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Watch live: Karen Read’s murder trial continues with testimony from Albert’s relatives

DEDHAM – Testimony continues today in the murder trial of Karen Read, and jurors in the Massachusetts case could soon hear from people who attended a party at the Canton home where John O’Keefe was found dead outside.

You can watch a livestream of Day 9 of testimony in the CBS News Boston video player above.

Julie Albert on the stand

Testimony ended Thursday afternoon with Julie Albert on the stand. She is the wife of Christopher Albert, whose brother Brian owns the house at 34 Fairview Road.

Julie Albert was out with a group in the Waterfall bar & grille in Canton with O’Keefe, Read and others just hours before O’Keefe died. Albert said she went home earlier than others that night because she got a migraine.

Albert said she learned of O’Keefe’s death the next morning when she went to the Fairview Road home to deliver a birthday present for her nephew.

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“Everyone was visibly upset,” Albert said.

The defense during cross-examination focused on Albert’s relationship with Trooper Michael Proctor’s sister Courtney. Trooper Proctor is the lead investigator on the case.

According to Read’s attorneys, Julie Albert called Courtney Proctor dozens of times in the months after O’Keefe’s death, including the day Read was arrested.

“Did you use Courtney Proctor as an intermediary to communicate with Michael Proctor about this case?” asked attorney David Yannetti.

“No, I wasn’t,” Albert testified.

Christopher Albert testifies

The defense claims the Albert family is at the center of an alleged attempt to frame Read. Canton Select Board member Christopher Albert was at the booth for nearly two hours Thursday.

Chris Albert will testify in the murder trial of Karen Read on May 9, 2024.

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Albert testified that everyone in the group was having a good time on the night of January 28, 2022, and recalled Read entering the bar with a glass under her jacket. Police say they found a broken cocktail glass at the scene, where Read is accused of hitting and killing O’Keefe with her SUV.

Christopher Albert says he was never at Brian Albert’s house the night O’Keefe died. Read’s defense says O’Keefe was killed during a fight at Brian Albert’s home and dragged outside.

In previous hearings, the defense has said their suspects in O’Keefe’s death are Brian Albert, ATF agent Brian Higgins and Christopher Albert’s son Colin.

Who is Karen Read?

Read, 45, is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter while operating under the influence of alcohol, and leaving the scene of personal injury and death. The trial will take place in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham.

She claims she is the victim of a cover-up involving several people, including law enforcement.

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