Woman in texting-suicide case called ‘sick’
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.