Trial set for woman in tex­ting sui­cide

The Times-Tribune - - Nation -

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.

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