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Trial set for woman in texting suicide

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TAUNTON, Mass. — A judge has set a March 6 trial date for a Massachuse­tts woman accused of sending her boyfriend text messages encouragin­g him to kill himself.

Michelle Carter is charged with manslaught­er in the 2014 death of Conrad Roy III. The 18-year-old Mr. Roy died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Prosecutor­s say Ms. Carter, then 17, had sent him dozens of messages urging him to follow through on his suicide plan.

During a pretrial hearing Monday, a judge set the trial date and also granted a request from Ms. Carter’s lawyer for funds to hire an expert to examine an antidepres­sant both Ms. Carter and Mr. Roy were taking at the time of his death. The judge initially rejected the request.

Ms. Carter’s attorney said the drug Celexa could be a key to Ms. Carter’s defense because it can increase suicidal thoughts.

 ?? ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE ?? Michelle Carter is at a pretrial hearing in October in Taunton Juvenile Court in Taunton, Mass.
ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE Michelle Carter is at a pretrial hearing in October in Taunton Juvenile Court in Taunton, Mass.

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