Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Michelle Carter, Who Texted Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself, Is Found Guilty

Michelle Carter, Who Texted Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself, Is Found Guilty

A teenager in MA has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a judge ruled texts she sent her boyfriend prove she was negligent during his 2014 suicide. She was allowed to remain free on bail until then because she was a teenager at the time of the suicide.

"And can a person be found guilty of killing someone based exclusively on what she said in text messages?".

The trial heard that Carter and Roy exchanged hundreds of text messages in which Carter urged him to follow through on his plan to kill himself, urged him to hide it from his parents, lie to his mother and select a secluded parking lot. And additionally she did not issue a simple additional instruction. Her sentencing is set for August 3 and she could face up to 20 years in prison.

"This has been a very tough time for our family and we'd like to process this verdict that we're happy with", Roy's father, Conrad Roy Jr said in the statement.

What do you think of Michelle Carter's conviction? Carter wrote in one message.

When Roy faltered in his decision to end his life, Carter added: "You kept pushing it off and you say you'll do it, but you never do ..."

At one point, Conrad - who detailed his struggle with anxiety and depression in a video prior to his suicide - got out of his auto, but his girlfriend pushed him into getting back in.

Carter's attorney argued she was a troubled, delusional young woman who was "dragged" into the suicidal journey of Roy, who was long intent on killing himself. "You said you were gonna do it".

Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University, said the judge had a hard task in determining whether Carter's actions rose to the level of manslaughter. She told him the time was right and to get back into the truck.

"The problem is that technology has vast out-paced existing laws, especially with respect to the assisted-suicide" cases, he said.

Carter's defense team maintained that she committed no crime, and that Roy, who had a history of depression and a previous suicide attempt, was the architect of the plan to kill himself.

The judge presiding over the case reviewed extensive evidence, including thousands of text messages sent back-and-forth between the couple, and eventually ruled that Carter did little to stop Roy from putting himself in harm's way.

Prosecutors argued that Carter contributed to Roy's death in the hopes of receiving positive attention from friends.

Roy and Carter had been in contact with each while he died.

Boardman also said Carter was scared she would get in trouble when she discovered the police had access to Roy's phone. Their relationship largely existed online, consisting of text and Facebook messages.

Roy's handwritten suicide note was revealed in court on Tuesday during the final day of Carter's trial.

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