February 22, 2018

Michelle Carter Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter

27 June 2017, 05:25 | Felicia Parsons

Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in boyfriend's suicide

Massachusetts texting suicide trial verdict to be announced

Prosecutors said Carter sent Conrad Roy III, who was suicidal, text messages telling him to do it.

"She instructs Mr. Roy to get back into the truck, well-knowing of all the feelings he has expressed to her", Moniz said.

According to the judge, the basis for Carter's guilty verdict is the phone call that she had with Roy during his suicide attempt.

" 'He came to rely on her more and more than anyone else during that time period, ' Flynn said".

Carter, who was 17 at the time of the suicide, was visibly distraught as she received the news.

"I see a potential slippery slope here", Gutterman said, noting that the verdict in the Carter trial could potentially open the door to "misuse or over-application of legal standards". Her sentencing hearing was scheduled for August 3.

Carter, now 20, was freed on bail but ordered not to contact Roy's family or leave the state.

Defense lawyers used the same messages to depict Carter as a misguided teenager, addled by medication, who thought she was helping a deeply troubled friend.

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Roy killed himself by running a generator in his truck as he sat in a parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, about 60 miles (96 km) south of Boston. 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.

As previously reported, Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for urging Conrad to commit suicide in 2014 via texts.

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The judge noted that the 18-year-old Roy climbed out of the truck as it was filling with toxic gas and told Carter he was scared.

They pointed to the young man's history of mental illness and obsession with suicide, adding that Carter has a truckload of issues herself. "You need to just do it". "This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions", Segal said.

He said he was surprised at the verdict because Carter was not at the scene and Roy ultimately acted along, and it was hard to prove she "caused" the death.

"She did nothing. She did not call the police or Mr. Roy's family", the judge said of Carter during the hearing. During testimony, a psychiatrist and psychopharmacology expert, Dr. Peter R. Breggin, claimed Carter became a completely different person when she changed prescription medications in the months before Roy's death.

According to CNN, Carter's guilty conviction could set a legal precedent in MA on whether or not it is a crime to tell someone to commit suicide.

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