Girl­friend guilty af­ter text sui­cide

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

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”.

Michelle Carter.

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