The Courier-Mail

‘YOU JUST GOTTA DO IT’

She sent hundreds of texts urging her friend to kill himself

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BOSTON: America’s newest young murder suspect is a blonde honours student accused of urging a friend to kill himself with more than 1000 text messages.

Yesterday, lawyers for Michelle Carter, 18, argued the youth was trying to get her to participat­e in a Romeo and Juliet- style death pact when she was “brainwashe­d” into helping him commit suicide.

Carter is charged with involuntar­y manslaught­er for allegedly encouragin­g the death of Conrad Roy III, who gassed himself in his pickup truck in the carpark of a Kmart in Fairhaven, Massachuse­tts, in July 2014.

Prosecutor­s maintain she sent messages to him which said “you just have to do it”, “tonight is the night”, and “it’s painless and quick”.

Carter appeared in court looking defiant as her lawyers attempted to have the charges dismissed, maintainin­g she tried to get Roy to seek help and urged him to attend a mental health facility where she was having treatment.

However Roy refused to seek help, defence lawyer Joseph Cataldo said.

Roy sent Carter a text 11 days before he killed himself. The text suggested the two die together “like Romeo and Juliet”, the lawyer said.

Accused assisting killer Michelle Carter

Her lawyer also claims that Carter replied saying: “(Expletive), no we are not dying.”

But the prosecutio­n says that Carter counselled Roy over many months “to overcome his doubts, devising a plan to run a combustion engine within his truck in order to poison him with carbon monoxide, and by directing him to go back in his truck ... when he became frightened”.

They released a series of disturbing text messages that Carter and Roy allegedly exchanged, in which she repeatedly asked him: “When are you going to do it?”

“You have to just do it ... There is no way you can fail. Tonight is the night. It’s now or never”.

In the exchange of texts, Carter allegedly urges Roy to delete all the messages she had sent him before he commits suicide.

Roy: “I don’t know. I’m stressing.”

Carter: “You’re fine. It’s gonna be okay. You just gotta do it, babe. You can’t think about it.” Roy: “Okay. I got this.” Carter: “You just gotta do it, babe. You can’t think about it. I believe in you. Did you delete the messages?”

Hours after Roy died Carter took to Twitter to express her apparent heartbreak.

As the texts were released, Carter’s lawyer claimed she did not violate any law in the state by sending them. He said the indictment was unconstitu­tional on two levels and the charges should not have been brought. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP CALL LIFELINE ON 13-11-14.

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT ... IT’S PAINLESS AND QUICK

 ??  ?? ACCUSED: Michelle Carter
also allegedly urged Conrad Roy (left) to delete all
the texts.
ACCUSED: Michelle Carter also allegedly urged Conrad Roy (left) to delete all the texts.

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