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Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Michelle Carter found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Michelle Carter found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

"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. Carter was texting him and, despite Roy showing second thoughts and even leaving the vehicle at one point, she told him to get back in his truck.

Judge Moniz determined that Carter's actions were "wanton and reckless conduct", and that though she was not present with Roy, she created "a situation where there [was] a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to Mr. Roy".

Carter is expected to be sentenced August 3, when she could face up to 20 years in prison for the manslaughter charge.

Because she was 17 at the time of the crime, Carter, now 20, was tried as a juvenile.

Prosecutors said Carter sent Conrad Roy III, who was suicidal, text messages telling him to do it. "I heard him die".

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A woman who was accused of causing her boyfriend's suicide through repeated and sustained emotional abuse was found guilty by a judge on Friday. He also declared that what amounted to a constant and aggressive encouragement (for him to go ahead and take the suicide plunge) during these texts was what "caused the death of Mr. Roy".

The sensational trial was closely watched in legal circles and a hot topic on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of text messages Carter sent to Roy.

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He said Carter had a duty to call someone for help when she knew Roy was attempting suicide. When Conrad told her that he didn't believe in himself any longer, she brought up the fact: 'Take your life?' she questioned. Roy and Carter had been in contact with each while he died.

Prosecutors asked for Michelle Carter to be incarcerated till sentencing and that she was a danger.

The sensational trial in Taunton offered a window into teen depression and suicide through text messages and Facebook communications.

Medwed said the only issue would be whether Carter and her family have the assets or the means to fight a civil suit and pay any damages.

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". In one message, Carter told him: "You're finally going to be happy in heaven".

"It is just an indication that some judges will be willing to find a manslaughter even when the encouragement comes from texting", Levenson said.

"You can't think about it".

"It's sad, it's tragic", he said, adding, "It's just not a homicide".

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