Woman goes on trial for allegedly urging boyfriend to kill himself

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Opening statements are underway in the bench trial of a MA woman charged with manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself. It's a type of drug known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.

Defense attorney, Joseph Cataldo, however, painted a starkly contrasting picture of Carter, who's now 20.

According to MassLive, Carter's trial was scheduled to start Monday, but she waived her right to a trial by jury and has instead opted to allow a judge to decide the case. You have everything you need.

Those texts, sent by then-17-year-old Michelle Carter, stand in stark contrast to messages she allegedly sent before he died, goading boyfriend Conrad Roy III to take his life, prosecutors said.

Opening statements are slated to begin Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

She also recalled how she thought her son, who had just graduated before his death, was doing well before he was found dead, and said Carter reached out to her in text messages after his death.

However, Ms Carter's defence lawyer said her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, was "on this path to take his own life for years", and that his girlfriend had urged him to get treatment.

Roy was 18-years-old when he committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. She waived her right to a jury trial, meaning her case will be decided by Judge Moniz, who will render a verdict after testimony is over. Roy's family said that he was a well-rounded athlete, but he had been in treatment for mental health issues since 2011. MA doesn't technically have a law against encouraging someone else's suicide, hence the manslaughter charge.

Carter's texts flashed on a courtroom screen, revealing her exchanges with Roy before his suicide.

And according to WCVB, Carter kept pushing.

Carter, now 20, argues that Roy put the idea of suicide into her head and convinced her to "endorse his plan". Flynn said Carter caused Roy's death through her reckless behavior.

Armed with reams of text messages, prosecutors have argued in court filings that Carter essentially caused Roy's suicide, saying she pressured him to kill himself on numerous occasions and even discussed the best methods.

Are you gonna do it today?' Conrad Roy: 'Yes'. In 2013, he had tried to kill himself by overdosing on acetaminophen, but his friend saved his life.

Carter: They will move on for you because they know that's what you would have wanted.

Michelle Carter badgered her emotionally troubled boyfriend to take his own life before portraying herself as a grieving girlfriend, a MA prosecutor said Tuesday.

Under cross-examination she acknowledged there was tension between her son and his father, from whom she was divorced.

Lynn Roy also testified that after her son's death, she received messages from Carter expressing sympathy but not mentioning any prior knowledge about suicidal plans.

Roy died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his auto. Youthful offenders are tried in juvenile court, but the proceedings are public.

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