Girl who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself jailed

Frederick Owens
February 8, 2019

Michelle Carter, 22, was convicted in 2017 for causing the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, who took his own life by filling a truck with carbon monoxide in a deserted parking lot in July 2014.

A USA court has ruled that Michelle Carter, now 22, should serve her full 15-month sentence for coaxing her boyfriend to take his own life.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that the evidence proved Michelle Carter's conduct caused the suicide of Conrad Roy III in 2014.

U.S. courts heard that she bombarded boyfriend Conrad Roy III with text messages urging him to take his own life, and ordered him to get back into a truck full of toxic gas.

Roy died in his pickup truck from carbon monoxide poisoning - an act Carter had supported and encouraged in exchanges that came to light after Roy's death on July 13, 2014.

Her lawyer Daniel Marx said he may appeal to the US Supreme Court, adding that "she should not be held criminally responsible for his choice to end his own life".

Carter had been sentenced to 15 months in jail after her conviction but remained free during her appeal.

The case, which drew national attention, revolved around the couple's intimate text messages in the days before Roy's death.

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Marx issued similar sentiments on Wednesday, telling The Post that the decision "stretches the law" and has "troubling implications, for free speech, due process, and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion". No more pain. It's okay to be scared and it's normal.

"The judge could have properly found, based on this evidence, that the vulnerable, confused, mentally ill 18-year-old victim had managed to save himself once again in the midst of his latest suicide attempt, removing himself from the truck as it filled with carbon monoxide". The Supreme Judicial Court of MA is expected to release it's ruling in the case on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

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"We are disappointed in the Court's decision", her lawyers said in a statement.

Carter and Roy lived in MA but met in Florida in 2012 while both on vacation with their families. Her defense argued that her statements and texts urging Roy forward as he contemplated suicide were covered by First Amendment free-speech protections. Her attorney said during the hearing in October that there was no evidence it would have made a difference if she had called for help, arguing she didn't even know where his truck was parked. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting and other electronic communications.

"We are therefore not punishing words alone, as the defendant claims, but reckless or wanton words causing death", Kafker wrote. In their appeal, Carter's attorneys said the conviction went too far in criminalizing a defendant who was not present at the scene.

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