Woman who urged boyfriend to kill himself in texts found guilty of


first_img 32,934 Views http://jrnl.ie/3448649 No Comments Jun 16th 2017, 4:47 PM Short URL A WOMAN WHO sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were both teenagers has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz found that Michelle Carter caused the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter cried as the judge explained his reasoning but remained stoic when the verdict was read.Sobs broke out throughout the courtroom when the verdict was pronounced.The judge ruled that Carter, now 20, can remain free on bail but ordered her not to make any contact with Roy’s family and she can’t leave the state. She faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison.The sensational trial in Taunton offered a window into teen depression and suicide through text messages and Facebook communications.Carter was 17 when she sent Roy dozens of messages urging him to take his own life in July 2014. Roy, 18, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. In one message Carter wrote:I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!Prosecutors said that in addition to bombarding Roy with text messages, Carter also gave Roy advice when he got out of the truck as he was inhaling the gas and told her he was scared. “Get back in,” she told him, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died.Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was determined to end his own life. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan.‘You just have to do it’An involuntary manslaughter charge can be brought in Massachusetts when someone causes the death of another person when engaging in reckless or wanton conduct that creates a high degree of likelihood of substantial harm.Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist testifying for the defense, said Carter was a “very troubled youngster” who suffered from depression. At the time of Roy’s death, Carter was taking Celexa, an antidepressant Breggin said targets the brain’s frontal lobe, which controls empathy and decision-making. Source: Pat Greenhouse/Globe StaffBreggin said Carter was in the grips of a “grandiose” delusion that she alone could help Roy find his way to heaven and she would care for his family.Prosecutors focused on a series of text messages Carter sent Roy in the days before he killed himself.  On the day of his suicide, Carter wrote to Roy:You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.Prosecutors have argued the text messages support their claim that Carter caused Roy’s death by recklessly helping him poison himself.Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while visiting relatives. Their relationship largely consisted of text messages and emails.Read: Woman accused of urging boyfriend to kill himself via texts goes on trial> By Associated Press Image: Faith Ninivaggi Woman who urged boyfriend to kill himself in texts found guilty of manslaughter Michelle Carter faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison. Image: Faith Ninivaggi Friday 16 Jun 2017, 4:47 PM Share19 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img

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