Woman found guilty of involuntary manslaughter because of her text messages

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A court clerk said Judge Lawrence Moniz will announce his decision Friday in Bristol Juvenile Court in the trial of Michelle Carter.

"Judge Moniz continued stating", that her conduct caused the death of Mr. Roy and that Miss Carter is a youthful offender", Moniz said. However, although Roy took "significant actions of his own" to take his life, Carter's demand to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct, according to the judge. Carter was released on bail, but is barred from contacting Roy's family and can not leave MA. Before he died, he had exited his truck and texted his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, who was 17 at the time.

According to prosecutors, Carter relentlessly pressured Conrad Roy III to kill himself in the days before his July 12, 2014, death.

"I am not going to sleep until you are in the auto with the generator on", she wrote in one text. "The time is right and you're ready _ just do it babe", she wrote.

He said Carter, then 17, had a duty to call someone for help when she knew Roy was attempting suicide.

Her sentence could range from probation to 20 years in prison.

Ms. Carter said she would look like a "fool" if Mr. Roy did not kill himself.

But during the trial Carter maintained her innocence.

The final piece of evidence that Carter contributed directly to Roy's death was her admittance through text that she was not attempting to seek any help for her boyfriend, nor did she ever direct him to remove himself to safety.

In the closely-watched case, legal experts had questioned whether Carter's actions were enough to secure a conviction for involuntary manslaughter.


Though the ACLU's Segal called Roy's death tragic, he said "it is not a reason to stretch the boundaries of our criminal laws or abandon the protections of our Constitution". She was ordered to not contact members of Roy's family and to surrender her passport.

He continued, noting that Carter failed to tell anyone of his plans nor to "issue a simple instruction to get out of the auto". They allege Carter pushed the topic of suicide because she was desperate for attention from her peers, reported by CBS Boston.

Her texts later became more insistent after Roy appeared to delay his plan.

The texts that led to teen's suicide: Read them here. After he exited the truck, Carter told him to "get back in", prosecutors said.

"This has been a very tough time for our family, and we'd like to just process this verdict that we are happy with", Conrad Roy Jr. said.

"Even if somebody supports another individual in a suicide, it doesn't create a homicide", the defense added.

When Roy decided yet again not to kill himself that night, Carter sent him texts saying, "You keep pushing it off and you say you'll do it but u never do".

Rayburn says she hopes Friday's guilty verdict will bring some measure of closure to Roy's family and friends.

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