Woman Arraigned In Death Of Boston Police Officer Found In Canton

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CANTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A woman is pleading not guilty in the death of a Boston Police officer over the weekend.

Karen Read of Mansfield is charged with manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision causing death.

Officer John O'Keefe was found in the cold outside a Canton home on Fairview Street on Saturday morning. Read was O'Keefe's girlfriend, according to WBZ-TV.

At her arraignment on Wednesday morning, prosecutors said Read hit O'Keefe with her car in front of the Canton home, the station said. Prosecutors said the woman told investigators that she dropped O'Keefe off at the home and did a three-point turn, but didn't see the man enter the house.

Read grew worried, telling a friend that she may have hit O'Keefe, police said.

Prosecutors said Read called 911 after finding O'Keefe in the cold early Saturday morning. He had a fractured skull, and hypothermia —the man was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Read is an adjunct professor at Bentley University, according to the school. She was being held on $50,000 cash bail.

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