After Karen Read’s Testimony, Trooper Michael Proctor Will Be Named in Motion in Walshe Case, Lawyer Says – NBC Boston

The unprofessional conductor that Massachusetts State Police member Michael Proctor admitted to the stand in Karen Read’s murder trial is now poised to impact another murder case. the high-profile homicide to which he is linked.

The attorney representing Brian Walshe — the Cohasset man accused of murdering his wife, Ana, in early 2023 — told NBC10 Boston he plans to file a motion against a possible questionable ringleader naming Proctor.

Proctor took part in testing on the stand during the Read test this week. He is the case officer, the same role he played in the Walshe murder investigation. Proctor was accused by Read’s defense team of playing a role in an elaborate scheme — a claim vehemently denied by Proctor and state prosecutors.

Proctor testified that he made several insulting comments about Read in text messages during the early days of the investigation into John O’Keefe’s death – comments that included remarks about her condition and calling her a “c —”.

Walshe’s defense attorney, Larry Tipton, told NBC10 Boston that he has not yet concluded whether there was any investigator bias involving his client, but what he has heard in the Read affair aroused his suspicions. His motion will name Proctor, Tipton said, as well as any other investigators involved in the Read case.

NBC10 Boston reached out to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting the Read and Walshe cases, for comment. The office did not respond with comment.

Michael Proctor, the lead investigator in John O’Keefe’s death, verified during Karen Read’s murder trial that state police superiors were among those to whom he sent inappropriate texts on the accused.

Legal experts speculated to NBC10 Boston that Proctor’s conduct during the Read investigation could have “fatal” impacts on the state’s case — and also have ripple effects on other other investigations he conducted as a state trooper assigned to the homicide unit of the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office.

While Proctor investigated the murder of Ana Walshe along with a number of other law enforcement officers, he was the case officer in that case, which involved a massive search for Cohasset, 39, mother of three children, missing. Eventually, her husband, Brian, was charged with her murder, dismembering her body and throwing it in the trash. He pleaded not guilty.

Proctor said his comments about Read were “unprofessional and regrettable” but said they “had no impact on the facts, evidence and integrity of this investigation.”

Shira Diner, an instructor at Boston University’s Defender Clinic, believes these developments could impact Proctor’s participation in the Walshe trial.

“Due to the high-profile nature of [the Karen Read trial]it’s well known,” Diner said. “Before a trial involving him begins, I think the defense attorney will be in a very strong position to request reports on internal affairs – their kind of bias potential which reveals that we generally have a I have difficulty getting it.”

Diner added that the Commonwealth might try to avoid having him on the stand in future cases, “because there’s no way it’s not going to happen.”

“It will always be relevant,” Diner said. “The issue of bias is never a guarantee of anything. It’s kind of the basis of what we ask our jurors to do.”

That said, the prosecution could still try the case without calling Proctor, Diner said, by calling other witnesses to piece together the story.

We are in week seven of the Karen Read case, and now we are hearing for the first time from the lead investigator on the case, Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Proctor. On Monday, he was asked to read aloud text messages he wrote about the case, putting his credibility and integrity under fire from defense criticism.

The office and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security both declined to comment on Proctor’s testimony Tuesday. The Massachusetts State Police also did not release a statement.

State Police confirmed in March that Proctor was under internal investigation for a potential violation of department policy, but would not comment on what led it to investigate one of the their. However, sources told NBC10 Boston that the investigation is related to the Read case.

Proctor remains certified by the Massachusetts POST Commission as of May 31, the most recent date available. The commission proposes a mandatory statewide certification system for all police officers in the Bay State.

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