June 12, 2024

Crime

In televised interviews with NBC and ABC, Learn opened up about her relationship with John O’Keefe and shared her model of occasions from the evening he died.

Karen Read, 43, is charged in connection with the 2022 death of her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O'Keefe.
Karen Learn, 43, is charged in reference to the 2022 demise of her boyfriend, Boston police officer John O’Keefe. John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Prosecutors are hoping to get their palms on footage from TV interviews Karen Learn gave to NBC’s “Dateline” and ABC’s “Nightline” as she awaits trial within the 2022 demise of her Boston police officer boyfriend.

In motions filed final week, the Norfolk County District Lawyer’s Workplace requested the court docket to order each networks to show over video of Learn’s interviews, together with uncooked footage that wasn’t aired.

The recordings, prosecutors argued, are evidentiary and related to the case towards Learn, who’s accused of backing her automobile into John O’Keefe exterior one other Boston police officer’s house in Canton in January 2022. 

The Mansfield girl has pleaded not responsible to costs of second-degree homicide, motorized vehicle manslaughter whereas driving below the affect, and leaving the scene of a collision inflicting damage and demise.

Learn “has put forth quite a few conflicting theories related to her involvement and to the existence of bodily proof recovered from her automobile, the sufferer’s clothes, and the health worker’s findings of reality,” prosecutors wrote in one of many motions.

Particularly, prosecutors cited a protection idea that O’Keefe was murdered by people inside the house at 34 Fairview Street. Learn’s attorneys have argued that she was framed, suggesting that O’Keefe was crushed, attacked by the house owner’s canine, and left exterior. 

“These claims are made with no scintilla of proof to assist them,” prosecutors contended. “But, the defendant continues to make use of the media to each contradict her prior statements and to facilitate her occupation of innocence, whereas making baseless accusations towards practically each witness, regulation enforcement officer, or professional concerned within the substantial case towards her.”

Norfolk District Lawyer Michael Morrissey additionally issued a uncommon video assertion final month, condemning the “baseless” harassment of witnesses in Learn’s case and pushing again on conspiracy theories surrounding O’Keefe’s demise.

What does the regulation say?

The request for footage from NBC and ABC is notable; Massachusetts is amongst a handful of states that would not have a so-called “protect regulation,” which permits journalists to refuse to reveal sources or unpublished data.

And not using a well-defined regulation in place, the choice is usually left to a decide’s discretion on a case-by-case foundation — a typical regulation strategy that may spell uncertainty for journalists, in response to the nonprofit Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. 

Even when Massachusetts did have certified reporter’s privilege, prosecutors argued, “events searching for disclosure of non-confidential supplies are entitled to hunt discovery from a media entity if they’ll present ‘that the supplies at problem are of seemingly relevance to a big problem within the case, and usually are not fairly obtainable from different accessible sources.’”

NBC and ABC didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Protection crew searching for snowplow information 

Individually, Learn’s attorneys have filed a movement asking Canton officers to supply GPS information and information concerning snowplows that have been deployed close to Fairview Street on the day O’Keefe died.

The protection crew asserted that different visitors who have been on the house didn’t see O’Keefe mendacity within the entrance yard as they left after midnight on Jan. 29. Prosecutors have stated that Learn and two different ladies discovered his physique within the snow by a cluster of timber later that morning. 

Learn’s attorneys additionally stated {that a} protection investigator was capable of observe down the snowplow driver who allegedly cleared Fairview Street that day. 

“I requested him whether or not he believed he would have seen a physique on the garden of 34 Fairview Street, if one was there, from the view of his cab whereas snowplowing,” personal investigator Paul Mackowski wrote in an accompanying affidavit. 

The driving force responded “with out equivocation” that he would have seen a physique within the entrance yard, Mackowski continued. In response to the affidavit, the motive force additionally alleged that he noticed a automobile parked in entrance of the house — “precisely the place the physique was discovered” — round 3:30 or 4 a.m.

The requested information are “clearly related” to the query of whether or not O’Keefe was mendacity incapacitated on the entrance garden after being struck by a automobile, the protection crew argued.

Learn is due again in court docket on Sept. 15 for a movement listening to.