Girl Who Helped Her Boyfriend Kill Himself Through Texts Convicted of Manslaughter

Wade Massey
June 27, 2017

Investigators uncovered dozens of text messages and phone calls from Carter encouraging Roy to follow through on the action, including telling him to get back in the truck when he had second thoughts.

The judge went on to say that Carter had a duty to try to stop Roy, and also call his family or the police to intervene.

"I don't think there is sufficient proof of causation", Bailey said yesterday. Carter, 17 at the time, believed she was helping him, argued attorney Joseph Cataldo.

The sensational trial was closely watched in legal circles and a hot topic on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of text messages Carter sent to Roy.

The woman, Michelle Carter, faces a maximum 20-year prison term in a widely watched prosecution in a state that has no law forbidding people from encouraging suicide. She brushed off "his fears" and "concerns", according to Moniz, and when the Mattapoisett teen shut the door of his truck and ended his life, Carter was to blame. "What we see with social media and modern media is a real vagueness. did [Carter] really want [Roy] to kill himself?" "So she has to make it happen-she has to make him kill himself so that she's not seen as a liar".

The night of his death, Carter encouraged him to get back inside the truck after he revealed he was scared and had gotten out.

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The ACLU's MA chapter says in a statement that the conviction "exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions".

The decision is historic in that there was little legal precedent for finding that one person's words (or text messages, in this case) can directly cause another person's suicide.

It is not clear when the judge will issue his verdict. "You need to just do it". "In a case of involuntary manslaughter, you have to connect Carter's conduct to the cause of death - and I think there's too big a gap".

Matthew Segal, the ACLUs legal director for MA, called Roys suicide tragic but said, “It is not a reason to stretch the boundaries of our criminal laws or abandon the protections of our constitution.”. While no one knew how a judge would rule prior to today, there was no doubt that Carter instructed Roy to commit suicide, and the proceedings included blown-up projections of her texts on courtroom screens.

Carter broke down in tears and sobbed into a tissue when Judge Lawrence Moniz read out the verdict at a brief hearing in the court in Taunton, south of Boston in MA.

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