Woman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter because of her text messages

Jackie Newman
June 27, 2017

Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz handed down the verdict after a nonjury trial, during which prosecutors argued that Carter's messages and Snapchats to Roy caused his death. Carter was also on the phone with Roy for almost an hour while he was killing himself, and she urged him to get back in the vehicle when he hesitated. Carter is not allowed to obtain a passport or leave MA, nor can she contact Roy's family.

Carter went from offering "words of kindness and love" to aggressively encouraging Roy via text message to carry out longtime threats to commit suicide, Bristol Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn told the court.

In a phone interview Friday, Gutterman said if someone were to send "a whole bunch of insensitive or aggressive texts ... and some harm occurs, [that person] still might be responsible", even if the author of the texts didn't physically cause the harm.

Carter waived her right to a jury trial.

CNN reports that Carter continued to pepper Roy with text messages while he sat in his vehicle, on the brink of killing himself.

She faces up to 20 years in prison when she's sentenced.

Moniz ruled that Carter can remain free on bail as she has never failed to appear in court so far, but she is ordered not to contact Roy's family or to leave the state.

A sentencing date was set for August 3.

When 18-year-old Mr Roy had second thoughts, she sent him a message saying: "Just do it, babe". In another exchange, Carter told Roy she would look like a "fool" if he didn't kill himself perhaps because she'd been telling people her boyfriend was suicidal.

Judge Moniz may have set a unsafe precedent with his decision, said longtime Quincy, Mass. attorney Bob Harnais.

A MA court found Carter guilty in the death of boyfriend Conrad Roy, 18. "He dragged Michelle Carter into this". Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. "This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and USA constitutions", ACLU of MA legal director Matthew Segal told CBS News Boston. "You just need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe".

The decision to charge Carter with involuntary manslaughter sets an extraordinary precedent, particularly for the state of MA.

"She admits in subsequent texts that she did nothing, she did not call the police or Mr. Roy's family", Judge Moniz said.

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