Girl Who Helped Her Boyfriend Kill Himself Through Texts Convicted of Manslaughter
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 11:36
Roy poisoned himself with carbon monoxide on July 13 2014.
Carter's attorney argued she was a troubled, delusional young woman who was "dragged" into the suicidal journey of Roy, who was long intent on killing himself.
The judge made a decision to allow Carter to remain free on bail until her sentencing on August 3, however, she was ordered to have no contact with members of the Roy family, cannot apply for or obtain a passport, nor can she leave MA without permission from a judge.
But Judge Lawrence Moniz said it was her instruction to Roy to get back into the vehicle - during a telephone call after he stepped out - and her failure to sound the alarm that was crucial to the conviction.
According to CNN, much of the case centered around Carter's text messages, which prosecutors said nudged Roy toward suicide.
A 20-year-old woman has been convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide three years ago.
Carter, now 20 but 17 years old at the time of Roy's death, waived her right to a jury trial, meaning that members of the community did not render the decision; Moniz acted exclusively as jury.
Prosecutors argued that Carter manipulated Roy into suicide to gain sympathy and attention from friends she often feared would ignore her or push her aside.
Carter's defense lawyer Joseph P. Cataldo said he was "disappointed" in the verdict. Her sentencing hearing was scheduled for August 3.
The judge noted that Carter admitted in texts that she took no action; she knew the location of the truck and did not notify Roy's mother or sisters. She cannot apply for or obtain a passport, nor can she leave MA without permission from a judge. Prosecutors said, when he left the truck, Carter instructed him to "get back in", which eventually caused his death. "You may be seated, that verdict is now recorded and it is in writing as well". "You need to just do it".
Meanwhile, some believe the guilty verdict in Carter's involuntary manslaughter trial might be grounds to expand the territories under manslaughter law.
"It's a new day and age, your honor, and the phones that we have now allow you to be virtually present with somebody", Rayburn said. Moniz ruled that Carter had created an environment to cause harm, according to The Washington Post.
"There is no law in MA making it a crime to encourage someone, or even to persuade someone, to commit suicide".
This case has been one to watch because it's uncharted territory that raises the question of whether someone could kill someone just through words and encouragement... and whether those words are constitutionally protected speech.