Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Girl who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself jailed

Girl who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself jailed

A MA court on Wednesday upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction handed down Michelle Carter over the 2014 suicide death of her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III. "We will evaluate all legal options for Michelle including a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court".

In her texts, she wrote: "You're finally going to be happy in heaven".

Carter opted against a jury trial, leaving her fate in the hands of Judge Lawrence Moniz, who found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Carter also faces a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Roy's mother in Norfolk Superior Court.

"I mean, you're about to die".

"Massachusetts would be the only state to uphold an involuntary manslaughter conviction where an absent defendant, with words alone, encouraged another person to commit suicide", the attorneys wrote. "It has very troubling implications, for free speech, due process, and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, that should concern us all", he said, adding that he would appeal the case all the way to the US Supreme Court if necessary. The judge said Carter had a duty to call the police or Roy's family when she knew he was killing himself.

Michelle Carter's 15-month sentence handed down in 2017 for involuntary manslaughter had been placed on hold as the Supreme Judicial Court reviewed her appeal.

Carter was on the phone with Roy as he inhaled carbon monoxide inside his Ford F-250 truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

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In the messages, Carter urged Roy to take his own life, she even told him to get back into his carbon monoxide-filled truck the day he died.

Prosecutors argued Carter could have stopped Roy from taking his own life, but instead bullied him into going through with his plan through text messages that became more forceful as he delayed.

"We can all see from the text messages that Michelle Carter did not force Conrad Roy to kill himself", Attorney Daniel Marx told the court in October.

Carter and Roy both lived in MA but met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting and other electronic communications. Roy had previously attempted suicide, and Carter had planned to seek treatment for an eating disorder.

Roy was in his truck and texted Carter that he was having second thoughts but she insisted he "get back in" the truck.

"The evidence against the defendant proved that, by her wanton or reckless conduct, she caused the victim's death by suicide", according to the high court opinion.

The court heard how Carter told Roy to "get back in" his van with the engine running.

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