June 23, 2017

Teenager lands in jail for luring boyfriend to death

18 June 2017, 12:23 | Opal Carroll

Woman who sent texts urging suicide guilty of manslaughter

Michelle Carter listens to defense attorney Joseph P. Cataldo argue for an involuntary manslaughter charge against her to be dismissed at Juvenile Court in New Bedford Mass. Carter is charged with involuntary mans

She was ordered to not contact members of Roy's family and to surrender her passport. "With that being said, we fervently hope that today's guilty verdict will bring some measure of justice to the friends and family of Conrad Roy". "We'd like to just process this verdict", Roy's father, Conrad Roy Jr., told reporters after the decision.

Carter, 20, broke down crying in court, putting her head in her hands, before Judge Lawrence Moniz announced the verdict. It was Carter's insistence that he get back in the truck. "The fact that she would say to him, 'Your family will get over you.' How is that even - I will never get over him". "This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions", Segal said.

The judge, Lawrence Moniz, of Bristol County Juvenile Court in southeastern MA, said the conduct of the woman, Michelle Carter, toward Conrad Roy III was not only immoral but illegal.

"There is no law in MA making it a crime to encourage someone, or even to persuade someone, to commit suicide", said Matthew Segal, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of MA.

A juvenile court judge has ruled that 20 year old MA woman, Michelle Carter is guilty of involuntary manslaughter after 'barraging' her former boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, with texts to commit suicide.

Carter cried as the judge handed in his verdict in a nonjury trial. Through the course of the trial dozens of Facebook and text messages sent by Carter to Roy were made public, most of which revolved around Carter encouraging Roy to commit suicide.

Roy, who was 18 at the time, parked his truck in a Kmart parking lot and began pumping carbon monoxide into the vehicle as he sat and inhaled the toxic fumes. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan.

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Michelle, who will be sentenced on August 3, is facing up to 20 years in prison.

Roy and Carter met in 2011 and later struck up a romantic relationship - mostly online.

"No, I think a jury would have found those thousands of texts just absolutely reprehensible".

"You can't think about it". You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off. "I mean, you're about to die", Carter wrote in one text.

Carter did that despite knowing "all of the feelings" Roy had shared with her previously, including a prior attempt to drown himself, Mr Moniz said. "The judge said you had at least 15 minutes to do something and your failure to act is also a ground for me finding you guilty of involuntary manslaughter".

The judge's decision surprised many legal experts, who had said that, despite the callousness of Carter's conduct, the case presented a stiff challenge to prosecutors because MA, unlike dozens of other states, has no law against encouraging suicide.

Camdyn Roy, the sister Conrad Roy III, points to the defendant Michelle Carter to identify her while testifying in Carter's trial.

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