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Michelle Carter found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Alfredo Watts | 20 June, 2017, 02:29

Prosecutors also noted that Carter sent a text to a friend from high school about two months after Roy's death, admitting she was to blame.

Justice was served by the conviction of Michelle Carter in the death of Conrad Roy III but the tragedy of the case leaves no room for celebration, the prosecution said in a statement Friday. The state's top court, the Supreme Judicial Court, however, ruled against her and ordered a trial.

Although suicide is generally legally considered to be the result of the victim's own free will, the judge found that Carter was guilty for knowing that Roy was in a toxic situation and not making a move to save him.

As previously reported, Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for urging Conrad to commit suicide in 2014 via texts. They allege Carter pushed Roy to commit suicide because she was desperate for attention from classmates, reports CBS Boston, and wanted to play the role of a grieving girlfriend.

While the family will have to wait until August 3 for the sentencing of Carter, who faces up to 20 years in prison, they hope she will receive the maximum punishment.

As spectators and members of both the Roy and Carter families left the courtroom, she sat at the defense table, sobbing, while her lawyers tried to comfort her.

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.

Michelle Carter has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after being charged with encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself in a series of text messages. On July 12th, while she was miles away, he drove alone to a Kmart parking lot and hooked up a water pump that emitted carbon monoxide into the cab of his truck. In another exchange, Carter told Roy she would look like a "fool" if he didn't kill himself perhaps because she'd been telling people her boyfriend was suicidal.

The judge said he did not take into account in his verdict Roys previous attempts at suicide.

"You can't think about it".

When Roy insisted that he meant to carry out the act, but wasn't ready, he was met with a barrage of criticism from his girlfriend.

"I don't think there is sufficient proof of causation", Bailey said yesterday.

"I am not going to sleep until you are in the vehicle with the generator on", she wrote in one text.

This case has been one to watch because it's uncharted territory that raises the question of whether someone could kill someone just through words and encouragement... and whether those words are constitutionally protected speech.

The night of his death, Carter encouraged him to get back inside the truck after he revealed he was scared and had gotten out.