Girlfriend guilty after text suicide
MICHELLE Carter, the woman who sent her boyfriend texts encouraging him to kill himself, has been found guilty of manslaughter.
Carter faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the July 2014 suicide of Conrad Roy III, 18, who died in 2014.
Prosecutors argued Carter encouraged and manipulated Roy to kill himself with repeated text messages and phone calls, telling him the process would be painless. On the day of his death, Carter finally convinced Roy to follow through on the plan during a phone call.
Carter’s lawyers, meanwhile, countered that the messages were protected free speech and that Roy had a history of depression and tried to kill himself during a previous suicide attempt.
Judge Lawrence Moniz said Carter had shown “wanton and reckless conduct, creating a situation where there’s a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result”.