Published: Thu, February 07, 2019

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. She was charged in the July 2014 death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III of Mattapoisett. At the time, Carter was 17 and about a month out of a psychiatric hospital.

The case, which drew national attention, revolved around the couple's intimate text messages in the days before Roy's death.

Carter attorney Daniel Marx said in a statement he was disappointed in the ruling, which he claims hinges on a narrative that is not supported by evidence.

"This case is a tragedy for all of the people impacted by this case".

Carter has remained free while she appealed the 2017 decision.

Crater's appeal questions if the evidence presented at her trial actually proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Carter was liable for failing to stop her boyfriend from ending his life, The Boston Globe reported.

Michelle Carter, 22, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter previous year for pressuring her beau Conrad Roy III into inhaling auto fumes until he died.

Carter's lawyers said they will consider all legal options, including an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. "There are a lot of legal issues that were raised that are ripe for further appellate review", he said. Carter's lawyers argued she can't be convicted because of her words alone. They stated that texts to friends demonstrated that she wanted to become famous for her boyfriend's suicide. Carter had also been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

"She did absolutely nothing to help him: she did not call for help or tell him to get out of the truck as she listened to him choke and die", Justice Scott Kafker wrote in Wednesday's unanimous decision to uphold her conviction. The judge said Carter had a duty to call the police or Roy's family when she knew he was killing himself. But then in this weakened state he was badgered back into the gas-infused truck by the defendant, his girlfriend and closest, if not only, confidant in this suicidal planning, the person who had been constantly pressuring him to complete their often discussed plan, fulfill his promise to her, and finally commit suicide.

Michelle Carter, 22, ordered the young man to get back in his van after it started filling with carbon monoxide fumes. "I mean, you're about to die", she wrote in another. "If allowed to stand, Ms. Carter's conviction could chill important and worthwhile end-of-life discussions between loved ones across the Commonwealth", ACLU Massachusetts said.

"As the defendant herself explained, and we repeat due to its importance, '[The victim's] death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him I was on the phone with him and he got out of the [truck] because it was working and he got scared and I f-king told him to get back in, '" the court wrote in its decision. "The speech at issue it thus integral to a course of criminal conduct and thus does not raise any constitutional problem". She opted against a jury trial, leaving her fate in the hands of Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz, who found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter in June 2017.

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