Karen Learn homicide trial: ‘I wish’ a typical phrase in high-level witness testimonies


Three high-level witnesses within the Karen Learn homicide trial have uttered “I wish” on the stand as they tried to show there’s no backing to a declare by the protection that they’re a part of a body job.

The witnesses – Brian Albert, Matthew McCabe and Jennifer McCabe – testified they “wish” they’d seen John O’Keefe enter 34 Fairview Street in Canton within the early hours of Jan. 29, 2022, or his physique laying on the property’s entrance garden that chilly, snowy morning.

Protection Lawyer Alan Jackson took exception to Jennifer McCabe saying “I wish I had” throughout Day 15 of testimony within the trial at Norfolk County Superior Court docket in Dedham.

“Sounds like that’s a little rehearsed,” Jackson informed McCabe final Tuesday. “Not at all,” McCabe responded.

McCabe is a principal determine within the conspiracy the protection alleges the Albert and McCabe households are concerned in with native and state police to border Learn for the homicide of O’Keefe.

McCabe’s Google seek for “ho[w] long to die in cold,” at 2:27 that morning., the protection contends, “decisively implicates” McCabe and her brother-in-law Brian Albert in O’Keefe’s homicide. Albert owned 34 Fairview Street on the time along with his spouse, Nicole.

McCabe has testified that she made the search solely as Learn instructed her to take action after the 2 ladies and Kerry Roberts discovered O’Keefe’s bloody physique lined in snow, just a little after 6 a.m.

Jackson requested whether or not McCabe noticed O’Keefe’s physique earlier that morning when she and others who gathered on the residence for an after occasion and celebratory drink for Brian Albert Jr.’s twenty third birthday seen Learn’s SUV parked out entrance and periodically transferring ahead.

“I never saw a body,” McCabe stated to which Jackson responded with a “Thank you.”

“I wish I had,” McCabe added. “Sounds like that’s a little rehearsed,” Jackson adopted.

Simply days earlier, McCabe’s husband Matthew McCabe testified he didn’t discover O’Keefe sitting in Learn’s SUV when he appeared out the window nor a “6-foot-2 man lying on the front lawn.” He added that he didn’t see or hear something suspicious come from outdoors.

“And once again, you didn’t see a 6-foot-2 man lying on the front lawn, correct?” Protection Lawyer David Yannetti requested.

“No,” McCabe replied. “I wish I did, but I didn’t.”

Learn, 44, of Mansfield, faces costs of second-degree homicide, motorized vehicle manslaughter and leaving the scene of a collision inflicting the demise of O’Keefe, a 16-year Boston Police officer when he died at age 46.

Prosecutors say that after an evening out ingesting the pair argued and he or she killed him by backing her Lexus SUV into him at excessive pace, leaving him to die within the chilly throughout a serious snowstorm.

The protection has developed a third-party killer idea and has alleged an enormous frame-up job to ensnare their consumer.

Brian Albert, one of many three folks recognized and a retired Boston Police sergeant, has testified that “John never came into my house that night.”

“He, and the defendant,” Albert stated with a look to Learn,  “would have been welcome with open arms if they did. I wish they had.”

Brian Albert, the previous proprietor of the house the place John O’Keefe was discovered on the entrance garden, testifies earlier this month within the Karen Learn homicide trial. (David L Ryan/Pool)
Witness Matthew McCabe testifies during the trial of Karen Read at Norfolk County Superior Court earlier this month in Dedham. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

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Witness Matthew McCabe testifies throughout the trial of Karen Learn at Norfolk County Superior Court docket earlier this month in Dedham. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa, Pool)


Karen Read listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins during her trial in Norfolk Superior Court last week. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

AP Photograph/Charles Krupa, Pool

Karen Learn listens to testimony by witness Brian Higgins throughout her trial in Norfolk Superior Court docket final week. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa, Pool)

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