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Trial to begin for Massachusetts woman accused of sending texts urging boyfriend’s suicide

June 5, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Trial to begin for Massachusetts woman accused of sending texts urging boyfriend’s suicide

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Jury selection is set to begin on Monday in a Massachusetts juvenile court for the groundbreaking trial of Michelle Carter, who stands accused of sending dozens of text messages to her boyfriend encouraging him to commit suicide before he took his life in 2014.

The now 20-year-old Michelle Carter faces manslaughter charges in the suicide of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, who was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck at his home in Fairhaven.

According to the indictment, in July 2014, Carter assisted with Conrad’s suicide by devising a plan to run a combustion engine within his truck to poison him with carbon monoxide, and counseled him to overcome his doubts when “he became frightened the plan was working.”

Prosecutors released the transcripts of the text messages that the 17-year-old Carter had sent to Roy III, urging him to take his own life.

Conrad Roy and Michelle Carter

“The time is right, and you’re ready, you just need to do it!” Carter wrote in one message after Roy had exited the vehicle and explained he was “scared.”

In following text messages to a friend, Carter admitted she could have prevented the suicide.

“Like, I honestly could have stopped it, I was the one on the phone with him (Roy), and he got out of the car because (the carbon monoxide) was working and he got scared. I (expletive) told him to get back in,” Carter wrote.

Police said after Roy’s death; Carter shared a message of mourning on her Twitter account and even arranged a charity softball tournament raising $2,300 in Roy’s name for mental health awareness.

Defense attorneys maintain the texts messages are protected free speech and also argue that Roy, who suffered from depression, made previous attempts to take his won life.

Moreover, legal experts told Fox25 that verbal encouragement of suicide is not a crime in Massachusetts.

However, prosecutors maintain one’s words can aid and abed in a person’s suicide.

“(Carter’s) Words are not protected. Her words are harmful, offensive and caused an immediate, violent act,” New Bedford Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn stated to the judge during pre-trial hearings.

Jury selection is slated to begin in Taunton Juvenile Court on Monday.

Michelle Carter could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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