Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

McGovern: Judge's ruling finds Michelle Carter's words killed Conrad Roy

McGovern: Judge's ruling finds Michelle Carter's words killed Conrad Roy

The judge said her actions and her failure to act constituted wanton and reckless conduct.

Carter then took no action to help Roy either by calling police or his family despite knowing his plan and location, Mr Moniz said.

Michelle Carter's texts urging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to commit suicide has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in his death.

In closing arguments on Tuesday, prosecutors said Carter berated her vulnerable boyfriend when he had second thoughts about killing himself, listened on the phone to his last breaths and used his suicide to get desperately needed attention from friends. On Friday, Judge Lawrence Moniz told a sobbing Carter he had found her guilty of the charge. Carter also allegedly texted Roy telling him to "get back in" to his vehicle prior to his death, after he reportedly texted her expressing hesitancy and worry.

That's when Carter got Roy on the phone and told him to get back in.

A twisted teen temptress who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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

Michelle Carter broke down in tears and sobbed into a tissue during the 20-minute juvenile court hearing in MA, which is likely to break new ground in a state that has no law against encouraging someone to commit suicide.

In response to the prosecution's statements about the impact of Carter's messages, the defense remarked that Roy had depression, and had allegedly attempted suicide on a previous occasion.

She did not take questions, due to the upcoming sentencing on August 3.

Prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury, which voted to indict Carter on a count of involuntary manslaughter. "I mean, you're about to die". He also declared that what amounted to a constant and aggressive encouragement (for him to go ahead and take the suicide plunge) during these texts was what "caused the death of Mr. Roy".

"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".

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that.

"There is no law in MA making it a crime to encourage someone, or even to persuade someone, to commit suicide", said Matthew Segal, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of MA.

Court watchers believe the ruling will send shockwaves in cases concerning virtual communications.

Reporter Jess Bidgood tweeted that conditions set for Carter's bail include a halt on social media: "No texting, no Facebook, no snapchat".

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