Woman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter because of her text messages
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 22:05
And while the judge in the nonjury trial said that Carter was not exclusively responsible for Roy's suicide, he found that her behavior in the moments before Roy's death were "reckless" enough to have contributed to his suicide in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, where he affixed a compression pump to his auto that filled it with carbon monoxide.
Prosecutors said Carter also told Mr Roy to "get back in" when he got out of his truck.
"She instructed Mr. Roy to get back into the truck, well knowing his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns", Judge Lawrence Moniz, who presided over Carter's case, said.
Michelle Carter, at her trial earlier this week, had exchanged text messages about suicide with a friend who eventually killed himself.
Prosecutors say the then-17-year-old Carter relentlessly badgered Roy through texts to act on his suicidal thoughts.
Carter also told Ms Boardman she was anxious about what investigators would find on Roy's phone.
Another Massachusetts defense lawyer, J. Drew Segadelli, applauded the judge for his "careful consideration" of Carter's damning text message to Roy to "get back in the" vehicle.
The judge focused his ruling on three words Carter said to the 18-year-old Roy after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with toxic gas and told her he was scared.
The state's punishment for Carter was not announced; sentencing will be delayed until early August, to allow a pre-sentencing report to be prepared.
"She did not issue a simple additional instruction: Get out of the truck", the judge said.
Carter could be sentenced 20 years for involuntary manslaughter.
Carter wept while standing to hear the court's announcement. "His family will hate me and I could go to jail".
Finally some justice for Conrad Roy III's family.
In another text sent the day Roy died, Carter wrote: "You can't think about it". The Massachusetts woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III.
"You can't think about it".
Where could she serve her time? .
Segal said this conviction stepped outside of the limits of local laws, and violates free speech as laid out in the USA and MA constitutions.
Matthew Segal, the head of the MA branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, criticized Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz's decision, tweeting that Carter's conviction "expands MA criminal law and imperils free speech". You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off.
The defense argued that Carter had been "dragged" into Roy's longtime intent to commit suicide and was delusional, "overwhelmed" by Roy's talk of suicide and taking a new prescription for antidepressants.
"The problem is that technology has vast out-paced existing laws, especially with respect to the assisted-suicide" cases, he said.
The ACLU's legal director for MA says Roy's suicide is tragic, "but it is not a reason to stretch the boundaries of our criminal laws or abandon the protections of our constitution".
"If you point a gun at somebody, you're pretty much intending to shoot them", Gutterman said.