The deceased victim in the Karen Read murder investigation is John O’Keefe. : Norfolk DA requests transfer of federal probe into Karen Read murder case due to conflicts of interest.

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey has made a request to the U.S. Department of Justice to transfer a federal investigation into the murder of Karen Read out of Massachusetts due to potential conflicts of interest, according to a report by Boston 25 News. The investigation centers around the arrest and prosecution of Read, who is accused of killing Boston police officer John O’Keefe with her car outside a Canton home on January 29, 2022.

Read, a resident of Mansfield, allegedly struck O’Keefe with her Lexus SUV and left him to die in a snowstorm. She has been charged with second-degree murder. However, her lawyers claim that she is being framed by local and state law enforcement and witnesses for the prosecution. Several people who attended a gathering at the home that night have been called to testify before a federal grand jury.

The FBI has been interviewing individuals in the Canton area and reviewing documents from the district attorney’s office and the Canton Police Department as part of the investigation. However, there have been allegations of potential conflicts of interest in the case. Two unnamed sources have stated that Morrissey’s request to have the federal probe transferred to another region is based on at least two conflict-of-interest claims.

One claim is that Rachael Rollins, who was the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts at the start of the federal probe, held a personal grudge against Morrissey and his office. Rollins resigned on May 19 after being accused of abusing her authority and committing ethics violations. The second claim involves a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s public corruption unit in Boston who is married to a former assistant district attorney from Morrissey’s office.

In response to these claims, 25 Investigates has requested a copy of Morrissey’s letter to the Department of Justice. However, his office has denied the request, stating that the document is not a public record. 25 Investigates has asked Secretary of State William Galvin’s office to force Morrissey to release the letter.

The federal probe into the Karen Read case began before her lawyers publicly claimed a cover-up and before the “Free Karen Read” movement gained momentum. Read’s lawyers have alleged that prosecutors failed to investigate other suspects and that party attendees used their law enforcement connections to frame her. Prosecutors, however, maintain that they have gathered evidence implicating Read in O’Keefe’s death.

Morrissey has condemned the harassment of witnesses in the case and a blogger who supports Read, Aidan Kearney, has been charged with intimidating witnesses. The investigation is ongoing, and the request to transfer the federal probe out of Massachusetts will now be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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