She Prodded Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself. He Did

Judge will decide fate in Michelle Carter trial

Judge will decide fate in Michelle Carter trial

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.

Roy killed himself in July 2014 by inhaling a fatal dose of carbon monoxide generated by a gasoline-powered water pump installed in the truck. From one text: "The time is right, and you're ready".

And within months they indicted Carter, saying they had discovered numerous text messages from her urging Roy to kill himself.

The prosecution says Ms Carter helped Roy devise the plan to take his own life, encouraged him to hide it from his parents. Jury selection was expected to take at least a week, but now the trial will begin Tuesday. On the day he died, she went to the beach with Conrad and his sisters, Roy testified. "At the moment, there's really no law on the books in MA about whether somebody can encourage somebody to commit suicide or not", he said.

"He told me he was going to do it I just never believed him", Mosolgo said Carter texted her. A judge will hear her case and issue a verdict.

He said the court also overlooked his statement that Carter had tried to convince Roy not to kill himself.

"This defendant acted remotely only through communication, through text messages, and that's different", Siegel said.

Prosecutors have argued that Carter, now 20, used Roy's death as a way to boost her popularity and make friends. Jury selection was set to begin Monday, but Carter opted for a bench trial, which means her fate will be decided by the judge and not by a jury.

Carter is charged with manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself.

"It was Conrad Roy's idea to take his own life; it was not Michelle's idea", he said, according to WCVB.

Boardman testified she would receive lengthy text messages from Carter until she responded, including ones where she said no one would hang out with her.

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But she told him to get back into the vehicle, according to the document.

Carter's defence attorney Joseph Cataldo claimed Carter had urged Roy to get help, after he expressed suicidal thoughts following his parents' divorce and alleged physical and verbal abuse by family members.

Carter also wrote the text where she admitted listening to Roy as he died, prompting Eithier to suggest that she see a therapist "considering I don't know you very well".

The north-eastern state of MA, unlike other U.S. states, has no law against encouraging someone to commit suicide.

The defense team argues that Roy's death was a "tragic suicide", not a homicide.

"All you have to do is turn on the generator and you will be free and happy".

"Just do it babe", the defendant allegedly wrote in another.

Olivia Masalgo, who played softball with Carter, once sent a text complimenting her friend for being amusing.

Carter and Roy met in 2012 and lived about 30 miles away from each other in MA.

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

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

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