Woman Accused of Using Suicidal Boyfriend as 'a Pawn' in Manslaughter Trial

Mr Roy was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in his vehicle at a Kmart auto park in Fairhavens, Massachusetts, on 13 July 2014. "From at least July 6th through July 12th, 2014, Carter assisted Conrad's suicide by counseling him to overcome his doubts, devising a plan to run a combustion engine within his truck in order to poison him with carbon monoxide, and by directing him to go back in his truck after he exited it, when he became frightened the plan was working".

Carter and Roy met in 2011, and the two teens who lived in separate towns primarily communicated through texts and phone calls.

The case is being tried without a jury in juvenile court because the now 20-year-old Ms. Carter was a juvenile when Mr. Roy killed himself.

"She used Conrad as a pawn", said Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn, adding that the accused had wanted to gain attention as the "grieving girlfriend". What prosecutors will have to prove this week is whether Carter's encouragement resulted in his death.

Mosolgo also said Carter told her she felt like she had no friends and was never invited to parties.

Another school friend, Alexandra "Lexi" Ebla, testified that about a month after the suicide, Carter texted her about a charity softball tournament she had organized in Roy's honor. "The time is right and you're ready. just do it babe", she said. The defense claims that Roy's long-standing mental health issues contributed to his suicide.

Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a crime that requires proof that the defendant caused the death of the alleged victim.

"You're hesitant because you keeping over thinking it and keep pushing it off".

While legal experts say Carter may have encouraged him to take his own life, they have questioned whether it is enough to secure a conviction under involuntary manslaughter. Carter's text messages, he said, were an example of free speech.

Carter's defense, however, argued that she tried to talk Roy into getting help-but they say she got wrapped up in his plan, and that he would have committed suicide regardless. Prosecutors say he had second thoughts and got out, but after talking with his girlfriend who sent him a text saying "get back in", he did. Asked whether Carter will testify, Cataldo said "no comment". "This was a suicide, a sad and tragic suicide, but not a homicide", he said.

According to the police reports, which was made after the officials arrested the main suspect, Michelle Carter, who was allegedly being the reason to get his boyfriend killed, and the name of Carter's boyfriend was Conrad Roy III.

Carter had her own mental health struggles and was taking medications that may have clouded her judgment, he said. Their relationship appeared based on phone calls and text messages.

During testimony Tuesday, Roy's mother, Lynn Roy, said her son overdosed on an over-the-counter pain prescription in 2012 and was hospitalized.

Under cross-examination she acknowledged there was tension between her son and his father, from whom she was divorced. Court proceedings are open because she was charged as a juvenile offender, which makes her subject to adult punishment if convicted.

  • Larry Hoffman