Judge will decide fate in Michelle Carter trial
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 20:32
According to the text messages presented at her trial in 2016, when Roy reportedly expressed hesitation about his suicidal ideation, Carter sent him text messages that included "You just need to do it" and "You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off, you just have to do it".
Psychiatrist Dr Peter Breggin has since said Carter was "involuntarily intoxicated" by prescribed antidepressants when she texted her boyfriend encouragement, and testified that she wouldn't have understood the impact of her actions.
The trial was to have begun earlier this year but in February, the defense team asked for the delay until June in order to review what they called the "enormous" amount of evidence in the case, including computers and text messages. He says Carter was not responsible for his death.
"At the moment, there's really no law on the books in MA about whether somebody can encourage somebody to commit suicide or not", he said.
Image Conrad Roy III killed himself in July 2014. Pic Janice Roy
Carter's defense attorney previously said she tried to help her boyfriend get help but ultimately gave in and backed his suicide plan.
Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.
"You're ready and prepared". At one point, he got out of his truck and spoke to Carter for more than 40 minutes on the phone, telling her that he was having second thoughts about taking his life, prosecutors said. "She told him to get back in the auto". Roy's family said that he was a well-rounded athlete, but he had been in treatment for mental health issues since 2011.
Carter's lawyer has argued the texts are protected by free speech. In one text message, Carter allegedly counseled Roy on exactly how to commit suicide using carbon monoxide. Text messages showed that Roy had come up with the idea to die by inhaling carbon monoxide, which prompted Carter to provide technical advice.
Summary: Today is the first day of trial for a woman accused of instructing her boyfriend on how to kill himself. Court proceedings are open because she was charged as a juvenile offender, which makes her subject to adult punishment if convicted.