Woman in tex­ting-sui­cide case called ‘sick’

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TAUN­TON | The Mas­sachusetts woman charged with man­slaugh­ter for al­legedly us­ing text mes­sages to en­cour­age her boyfriend to kill him­self played a “sick game” with an­other per­son’s life, a pros­e­cu­tor said Tues­day.

In dozens of text mes­sages and tele­phone calls, Michelle Carter, then 17, re­peat­edly urged Con­rad Roy III, 18, to kill him­self, pros­e­cu­tor Mary­clare Flynn said in open­ing state­ments at Ms. Carter’s jury-waived trial.

Roy was sit­ting in his pickup in the park­ing lot of a store in July 2014 as the truck filled with car­bon monox­ide. At one point Ms. Carter told him to “get back in” af­ter he ex­ited the truck, Ms. Flynn said at the trial in ju­ve­nile court in Taun­ton.

Ms. Carter, who never called au­thor­i­ties or Roy’s par­ents as he died, wanted the sym­pa­thy and at­ten­tion that came with be­ing the “griev­ing girl­friend,” Ms. Flynn said.

De­fense at­tor­ney Joseph Cataldo said Roy was de­pressed af­ter his par­ents’ di­vorce, was phys­i­cally and ver­bally abused by fam­ily mem­bers, and had long thought of sui­cide, even re­search­ing sui­cide meth­ods on­line.

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