Karen Read murder trial: Defense questions ‘mirrored’ video of Read’s SUV

REVELATION IN THE KAREN REED MURDER TRIAL VIDEO OF REED’S SUV THAT PROSECUTORS SHOWED TO THE JURY MAY NOT BE WHAT IT SEEMS. THIS VIDEO APPEARS TO BE FLIPPED. THE IMAGE OF IT, THE DEFENSE SAYS FLIPPED ON PURPOSE. NEWSCENTER DAVID BIENICK LIVE AT THE COURTHOUSE IN DEDHAM TO EXPLAIN MORE, DAVID ERIKA THIS REVELATION CAME AT THE END OF TODAY’S TESTIMONY HERE, AND IT CAUGHT EVERYONE OFF GUARD. SOME JURORS EVEN LOOKED AT EACH OTHER QUIZZICALLY AND SOME MAY HAVE WONDERED IF THEY’D JUST BEEN TRICKED. THE VIDEO SHOWS POLICE PULLING KAREN REED’S SUV INTO THE CANTON POLICE DEPARTMENT GARAGE AFTER IT WAS SEIZED AS EVIDENCE. THE VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW THE PASSENGER SIDE, INCLUDING THE PASSENGER SIDE TAIL LIGHT, WHICH PROSECUTORS SAY WAS DAMAGED AFTER REED ALLEGEDLY BACKED INTO JOHN O’KEEFE AND KILLED HIM. I TESTIFIED THAT THIS IS AN ACCURATE, UH, SCENE, BUT UNDER CROSS EXAMINATION, STATE POLICE INVESTIGATOR YURI BUKINIK CONFIRMED THE VIDEO IS ACTUALLY INVERTED. IT SHOWS NOT THE PASSENGER SIDE, BUT THE DRIVER’S SIDE OF THE SUV. AT ONE POINT IT SHOWS THE DRIVER GETTING OUT. NOT ONCE DID YOU MENTION THAT THIS VIDEO IS ACTUALLY COMPLETELY INVERTED. I DID NOT KNOW. HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THAT THE IMAGE WAS INVERTED? I SAW THE WORD POLICE AND THOUGHT I HAD DYSLEXIA. IN THE VIDEO. THE WORD POLICE APPEARS BACKWARDS ON ANOTHER VEHICLE PARKED IN THE GARAGE. SO DOES THE NUMBER FOUR ON ONE OF THE GARAGES OVERHEAD DOORS. DEFENSE ATTORNEY ALAN JACKSON BELIEVES IT WAS NO ACCIDENT. THE TIMESTAMP ACROSS THE BOTTOM IS NOT INVERTED, WHICH MEANS SOMEBODY HAD TO PUT THAT ON THE INVERTED. THE THE MANIPULATED AND THE ALTERED VIDEO ON PURPOSE. HERE IS THE VIDEO AGAIN AFTER WE HAVE UNINVERTED IT. WHAT IS IN FACT THE PASSENGER SIDE TAILLIGHT IS OUT OF VIEW AND THERE APPEARS TO BE SOMEBODY STANDING NEAR IT WHO’S THE GUY IN THE WATCH CAP IN THE WINTER CAP BACK THERE BY THAT RIGHT REAR TAIL LIGHT THE ENTIRE TIME BY HIMSELF. THAT’S PROCTOR. PROCTOR IS TROOPER MICHAEL PROCTOR, THE LEAD INVESTIGATOR ON THE CASE. NOW, THE DEFENSE HAS SAID THAT HE IS THE ONE WHO BROKE THE TAILLIGHT AS PART OF AN EFFORT, THEY SAY, TO FRAME KAREN REED. I DID REACH OUT TO THE DISTRICT ATTO

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A Massachusetts State Police sergeant returned to the stand Thursday in the murder trial of Karen Read, the Massachusetts woman accused of hitting John O’Keefe, her boyfriend, with an SUV and leaving him to die in a snowstorm.Read, 44, of Mansfield, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges. The prosecution says she hit O’Keefe with her black SUV outside of a home at 34 Fairview Road in Canton during a snowstorm on Jan. 29, 2022, following a night of drinking. Her defense plans to argue that someone else is responsible for killing O’Keefe. Defense attorney Alan Jackson questioned Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Yuri Bukhenick about a video that shows Read’s SUV inside the garage of the Canton Police Department.Jackson pointed out writing on another vehicle in the garage and on a garage door. Bukhenick said the video was “mirrored,” however he could not explain why. The sergeant explained that what the jurors were seeing was the driver’s side of the car, and not the passenger’s side, which appeared to have a damaged taillight in another video shown to the jury. “So the video is inverted. Completely inverted. It’s a mirror image, which suggests that the driver side is the passenger side and vice versa but the timestamp across the bottom is not inverted, which means somebody had to put that on the inverted, the manipulated, the altered video on purpose,” defense attorney Alan Jackson told reporters outside the courthouse. Earlier, Bukhenick testified that investigators recovered several pieces of evidence outside the home on several occasions in the weeks after O’Keefe’s death. The evidence included a Boston Police Department hat, a drinking straw and several chards of glass and pieces of plastic, which were revealed after the snow melted. He removed the hat and from a brown evidence bag and displayed it to the jury. Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally played the audio of an interview that Bukhenick said he conducted with Read on June 9, 2022. “You’re aware he was beaten up by Brian and Colin Albert? I mean, we’re all in on the same joke, right? My tail light was cracked, and John was pulverized,” Read said.Bukhenik said he advised Read at that point to stop talking. Defense attorney Alan Jackson questioned Bukhenik about the investigation and why he initially thought O’Keefe’s death was due to a “physical altercation.””I communicated our suspicions to the medical examiner’s office,” Bukhenik testified. Jackson also handed Bukhenik an evidence bag containing O’Keefe’s clothing. The label indicates it was Trooper Michael Proctor who placed the clothing in the bags.Bukhenik confirmed the label on the bag shows the clothing was bagged on Feb 4, 2022, six days after they were first recovered from O’Keefe when he was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. Bukheikc said the items had been in the snow and they were “drying during that time.”Jackson also questioned Bukhenik about surveillance video that shows Read backing her SUV out of O’Keefe’s home on Jan. 29, 2022.”It appears that there’s movement” of the rear wheel of O’Keefe’s vehicle as Read’s SUV backs out, Bukhenik said. Live updates: Follow posts from reporter David BienickRelated links:Recap of testimony, evidence from each day of the case Evidence slideshowWhat to know about the case:Karen Read, 44, of Mansfield, is accused of second-degree murder and other charges. The prosecution says she hit her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O’Keefe, with her vehicle outside of a home in Canton during a snowstorm on Jan. 29, 2022, following a night of drinking. She returned hours later to find him in a snowbank.Read has pleaded not guilty.Read and her defense team claim she is the victim of a cover-up and plan to present a third-party culprit defense. They claim O’Keefe was beaten inside the home, bitten by a dog, and then left outside.In pretrial motions, prosecutors revealed the existence of text messages they said suggested a “romantic entanglement” with a friend who was present at locations Read and O’Keefe visited on the night of the incident. Other documents have also suggested trouble in the relationship between Read and O’Keefe.Read is also accused of having frequent contact with a controversial blogger known as “Turtleboy,” Aiden Kearney, who now faces charges in related cases.Opening statements were delivered on April 29.The trial is expected to last 6-8 weeks.Case evidence slideshow: Prosecutors are trying to show that Read’s alleged actions outside 34 Fairview Road were intentional. Read’s lawyers have alleged there was a cover-up involving members of several law enforcement agencies. They say O’Keefe was beaten by someone else inside the home, bitten by a dog and then left outside.The defense, which has been allowed to present what is called third-party culprit evidence, argues that investigators focused on Read because she was a “convenient outsider” who saved them from having to consider other suspects. Those they have implicated include Brian Albert, who owned the home in Canton where O’Keefe died, and Brian Higgins, an ATF agent who was there that night.Higgins testified about a “romantic” encounter and a series of text messages he exchanged with Read. In those flirty messages, Read told him that O’Keefe had “hooked up” with another woman during a vacation. The defense is trying to convince the jury that O’Keefe was beaten and suggested that Colin Albert, nephew of the family that owned the home on Fairview Road, had been in a fight. Albert said a hand injury came when he fell in a driveway and that he never saw O’Keefe during the celebration of his cousin’s birthday on the night in question.He also confirmed on cross-examination that he has known the lead state police investigator in this case, Trooper Michael Proctor, since he was a child. A former Massachusetts police toxicologist, Nicholas Roberts, testified that Read’s blood alcohol content at 9 a.m. was between .078% and .083%, right around the legal limit for intoxication in Massachusetts. Based on a police report that suggested her last drink was at 12:45 a.m., her peak blood alcohol level would have been between .135% and .292%, he said.O’Keefe had been raising his niece and nephew, and they told jurors that they heard frequent arguments between him and Read. Both of the teenagers described an incident in which O’Keefe asked Read to leave the house and she refused.The trial’s first few days detailed the futile efforts of first responders to save O’Keefe. They found him face up when they arrived just before dawn on Jan. 29. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, and an autopsy later found he died of hypothermia and blunt force trauma. Several of the first responders said they heard Read make statements, including, “I hit him,” after O’Keefe was found. Defense attorneys confronted several of those witnesses by asking why those alleged remarks were not included in official reports.Officers also testified about unusual procedures used during the investigation, including the decision to collect bloody snow in red plastic cups and clearing snow from the crime scene.

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