Skip to comments.Michelle Carter Found Guilty of Encouraging Boyfriend’s Suicide With Text Messages
Posted on 06/16/2017 9:33:52 AM PDT by nickcarraway
A Massachusetts woman broke down in tears Friday as she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for goading her teenage boyfriend into killing himself.
Michelle Carter now faces up to 20 years in prison when she's sentenced on Aug. 3.
Judge Lawrence Moniz said Carter, 20, failed to give a "simple additional instruction" for Roy to exit his car while handing down the verdict in Bristol County Juvenile Court.
Michelle Carter Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Texting Suicide Case Play Facebook Twitter Embed Michelle Carter Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Texting Suicide Case 0:43 Carter's lawyers were holding her hand and patting her back during the hearing.
A prosecutor's request to deny Carter bail was rejected. However, she is prohibited from contacting the Roy Family or any witnesses from the case, acquiring a passport or leaving Massachusetts without the court's approval ahead of her sentencing.
Carter, who opted for a bench trial rather than for a jury, was tried in a juvenile court without a jury because she was 17 when Roy died.
In July 2014, Carters boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, sat in his black Ford F-250 in a Kmart parking lot and committed suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide.
Moniz said that when Carter instructed Roy to return to his vehicle, she became responsible because she knew he was entering "a toxic environment inconsistent with human life." Moniz also noted that Carter did not contact Roy's family when she knew his location and his intended actions.
Moniz said Carter had a responsibility to take action to stop a life threatening risk. "The reckless failure to fulfill this duty can result in a charge of manslaughter," he said.
Although she was not physically present, the prosecution argued that Carter texted Roy moments prior to his death and encouraged his suicide instead of trying to prevent it.
In a text to her friend Samantha Boardman, Carter allegedly wrote, Sam, [Roys] 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------ told him to get back in Sam because I knew he would do it all over again the next day and I couldn't have him live the way he was living anymore I couldn't do it I wouldn't let him.
Carters defense attorney Joseph Cataldo said Roy had multiple suicide attempts in the past. Steven Verronneau, a forensic investigator with MWV Multi-Media Forensics who testified on behalf of the defense, analyzed the computers and phones owned by Roy and Carter and discovered Roy researched suicide by cop, and which medications he could use to die while sleeping.
However, during his cross-examination by prosecutor Katie Rayburn, Verronneau said there were family pictures on Roy's devices that could be interpreted as him being happy and Carter had likely deleted phone messages she sent to Roy.
Cataldo mentioned Carter was taking Celexa, a treatment for depression, at the time of Roys death. Dr. Peter R. Breggin said in his testimony for the defense that Carters switch to this medication led to a transformation that made her think she was helping Roy by aiding his suicide.
In response to the verdict, Matthew Segal, legal director at the ACLU of Massachusetts, released a statement condemning the decision.
"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the Massachusetts and U.S. Constitutions," he said. " If allowed to stand, Ms. Carters conviction could chill important and worthwhile end-of-life discussions between loved ones across the Commonwealth."
The defense argued in their closing statement that Carter should not be convicted considering she was 30 miles away when the suicide occurred.
He goes to the beach, he drives down to the Kmart there is no evidence that she helped him load the water pump, helped him obtain it, there is no evidence that she has any physical actions whatever, the defense said on Tuesday.
The prosecution said Carters texts to friends as well as her phone call with Roys mother after his death show Carter wanted to use the suicide to become famous and play the grieving girlfriend.
The court has never required actual presence to commit a crime, the prosecution countered. She was in his ear even though she knew he was going to die and she did it for attention.
CORRECTION (June 16, 12:05 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the court where Carter was convicted. It was Bristol County Juvenile Court in Taunton, not Taunton Juvenile Court.
Sure, the witch was evil to egg on, but the blame should lie squarely with the person committing suicide.
So if you tell a moron to go jump off a bridge and the moron does it...
Okay, it looks like the ACLU sides with the witch. So, I say — GOOD! FRY HER!
“So if you tell a moron to go jump off a bridge and the moron does it...”
Just don’t text the moron or leave long papertrails.
So when I tell someone to ‘drop dead’, Or ‘go kill yourself’ and the objects of my extreme dislike does just that, then I’m guilty?
The constitution is just a flickering dream now.
I guess that’s the problem.
She obviously is a sick puppy, but I just don’t see the crime here.
...The court has never required actual presence to commit a crime...
How much more liberal can thinking get?? Hmmmm. Maybe I can be accused of robbing a bank in Massachusetts sitting in Oregon and get convicted for theft.
Yet another idiotic decision.
Still not a crime. The suicidal guy did it with no help. Nobody forced him to kill himself. He could have just not done it, but he did. I am not against jailing this bitch just to satisfy bloodlust, but there is no crime here except the suicidal guy killing himself (a death sentence promptly received).
Nope. She did it for attention. Munchausen syndrome. Addicted to sympathy.
Right after messages found, she was asked why she encouraged hi..
“I wanted people to feel sorry for ME!”
Munchausen. I could tell you things that would curl your hair.
And no, we don’t want people to encourage suicide in others so those of us with an addiction to sympathy attention could have people feel sorry for us.
I know all about it and sing songs of joy that she is going to jail.
Maybe more later.
I know more about this than I am proud to admit.
This could set a precedent for blaming the media for setting in motion, Hodgkinson’s shooting. The left should take note and be very afraid.
One buddy had sex once a year with his wife . Those leap years musta been hell. A divorce would split their assets 50-50. She wouldn’t give it to him or come to a settlement. As a widow she gets everything. Guess what she suggested he do?
Yeah she is a bitch, but this idiot had tried to commit suicide BEFORE they met, so I think this goes down on appeal.
A bitch seeking attention or addicted to sympathy is NOT a crime. She did not kill the suicidal guy. Calling somebody to go kill himself (which she did with ‘go back’) and wanting to gain sympathy afterwards is NOT a crime. An evil immoral move, but not a crime.
I say there is little chance, even in Liberal Mass that this stands on appeal.
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