Monday, 17 December, 2018

Woman who urged friend to kill himself found guilty of manslaughter

Roy above mother of Conrad Roy III leaves the court after Michelle Carter was found guilty Roy above mother of Conrad Roy III leaves the court after Michelle Carter was found guilty
Stacy Diaz | 25 June, 2017, 02:21

The authorities, however, maintained that Carter, when she was 18, sent her teen friend Conrad Roy text messages that "wantonly and recklessly" caused him to poison himself in a vehicle with carbon monoxide in 2014.

Carter cried when Moniz read the verdict and others in the courtroom sobbed. Roy poisoned himself by inhaling carbon monoxide while inside his pickup truck.

When Roy got back in the truck, he was on the phone with Carter and she later in texts to friends that she could hear him coughing and hear the noise of the motor in his truck.

Michelle, now 20, was 17 when she sent Conrad series of text messages, urging him to take his own life.

Her texts later became more insistent after Roy appeared to delay his plan. Although she is out on bail, she isn't allowed to contact Roy's family or leave the state of MA without permission until her sentencing date.

Carter was not taken into custody and will remain on bail.

Carter opted against a jury trial, leaving her fate in the hands of Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz, who began considering his verdict on Tuesday.

Moniz focused on Carter's instructions to Roy to get back into his truck when he was first overcome by fumes spewed by a generator.

Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn said there are "no winners" in the case, but that she hopes the decision can provide the Roy family with closure.

Carter will be sentenced on August 3. Carter failed to get Roy help even though she knew he was in the truck, the judge said. Yet she did not call the police or Roy's family. Moniz said that, and the fact that Roy could have tried again, was immaterial.

New York Times reports that Michelle and Conrad had built a virtual relationship largely on texting from 2012 to 2014, and she encouraged him to seek treatment for his depression. "Like I don't get why you aren't", Carter wrote.

"It's sad, it's tragic", Cataldo said.

Roy has also attempted suicide previously, the judge noted.

The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the conviction, saying it “exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions.”.

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

After his death, it emerged that Carter, then 17, had texted Roy on several occasions asking him when he was going to take his life, prosecutors said in court. You need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe.

"If you point a gun at somebody, you're pretty much intending to shoot them", Gutterman said.