She Prodded Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself. He Did

Aaron Brown
June 12, 2017

Michelle Carter, 20, is charged with involuntary manslaughter for sending text messages that allegedly led to the death of Conrad Roy III.

Prosecutors allege Carter, who was 17 at the time, texted and spoke to Roy on the phone, pressuring him to kill himself even after he seemed to hesitate.

Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn highlighted a multitude of disturbing texts sent between the teenagers, including one from Carter on the day of Roy's suicide that read: "You can't think about it".

Though Carter's lawyer placed the text as protected free speech, along with many allegations on Roy of being depressed and sad, thus, the conditions will be evaluated in the session that starts today, and then the fate of Michelle.

While legal experts say Carter may have encouraged him to take his own life, they have questioned whether it is enough to secure a conviction under involuntary manslaughter. Jury selection is set to begin Monday, June 5, 2017, in the trial of. "You just need to do it" she wrote in another text in reply to Roy's hesitation.

Carter and Roy met several years before his suicide while on separate vacations to Florida; Carter was the granddaughter of a Roy family friend.

"And I would submit it was during that last phone call that Conrad got out of his truck as he was being poisoned, and the defendant [f--] told him to get back in", Flynn told the court.

Carter is being tried as a youthful offender because she was a minor when her alleged crime took place.

Attorney Joseph Cataldo talks to his client, Michelle Carter, .

One of the allegations involves Carter communicating with Roy as he was trying to asphyxiate himself with vehicle exhaust. "You're finally going to be happy in heaven", one of the texts read.

Between their meetings, they used text messages and phone calls to communicate.

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The case has received national and worldwide attention because the defendant, 20-year-old Michelle Carter, is accused of involuntary manslaughter.

Earlier this week, Carter waived her right to a jury trial and chose instead to have Judge Lawrence Moniz hear the case.

"Prosecutors will have to prove that Carter causes Conrad Roy to kill himself and essentially caused his death", Medwed told The Washington Post.

"The night time is when all the thoughts of Conrad come", she texted.

"Ultimately it was Conrad Roy alone in the auto who killed himself, while she was miles away with her phone", Daniel Medwed, a professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern University School of Law said.

The defense team argues that Roy's death was a "tragic suicide", not a homicide.

"At the moment, there's really no law on the books in MA about whether somebody can encourage somebody to commit suicide or not", he said.

Olivia Masalgo, who played softball with Carter, once sent a text complimenting her friend for being amusing.

"Just do it babe", the defendant allegedly wrote in another. Lynn Roy acknowledged that her son had previously attempted suicide and had long suffered from anxiety.

In opening statements Tuesday, the prosecution described Carter as a high schooler without many friends who wanted the sympathy and attention of being a grieving girlfriend.

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