Michelle Carter Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter

Michelle Carter Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter

Michelle Carter Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter

Michelle Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Conrad Roy, who was found dead in his truck of carbon monoxide poisoning in 2014. Yet she did not call the police or Roy's family.

Moniz said Carter's initial text messages pressuring Roy to kill himself were not enough to find her guilty. The case against Carter was mostly based on her texts to Roy and her circle of friends, which seemed to show that she was lying about supporting Roy and urging him to seek mental health intervention. A MA judge ruled that she was guilty of involuntary manslaughter after she texted her boyfriend instructions on how to kill himself. Carter wrote in one message. Carter is scheduled to be sentenced on August 3. Carter was released on bail, but is barred from contacting Roy's family and can not leave MA.

Roy killed himself in 2014 by starting a personal generator in his auto after Carter sent him hundreds of texts encouraging him to do so. When asked how she would describe what Carter did, Lynn was unable to find the words, saying, "I can not". They argued that Roy had a history of depression, had tried to kill himself before and had conducted hundreds of online searches for ways to die.

When 18-year-old Mr Roy had second thoughts, she sent him a message saying: "Just do it, babe".

He found Carter's words and inaction when Conrad Roy III committed suicide made Carter guilty of homicide. "Like I don't get why you aren't", she texted.

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The verdict, handed down by a judge in a non-jury trial, was a rare legal finding that, essentially, a person's words alone can directly cause someone else's suicide.

Moniz said that Carter's "conduct caused the death of Mr. Roy". You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off. In the days leading up to his death, Carter repeatedly encouraged Roy to kill himself through texts and phone calls. Roy had previously attempted suicide and Carter had taken psychiatric medications, according to trial testimony.

The ACLU's MA chapter says in a statement that the conviction "exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions". They also said Carter's text messages were a form of protected free speech.

According to CNN, Carter's guilty conviction could set a legal precedent in MA on whether or not it is a crime to tell someone to commit suicide.

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