Guilty Verdict in Manslaughter Trial for Teen Girl Who Urged Boyfriend to Kill Himself



It’s hard to imagine that anyone would defend Michelle Carter on moral grounds. She’s the teen who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself, even telling him to get back in his truck, which he had rigged to fill up with exhaust gas.

The question that was not decided until the judge ruled yesterday was whether she was guilty of a crime. His Honor’s ruling was that she is guilty of manslaughter, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The case has been in the national spotlight for two and a half years because of the perceived evil nature of Michelle Carter’s actions and because there’s a First Amendment, free speech issue involved.

CBS News

TAUNTON, Mass. — A young Massachusetts woman accused of sending her boyfriend dozens of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were teenagers was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Friday.

Michelle Carter was charged in the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter, then 17, cajoled Roy to kill himself in July 2014 with a series of texts and phone calls, prosecutors alleged. Roy died when his pickup truck filled with carbon monoxide in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. After he exited the truck, Carter told him to “get back in,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege Carter pushed Roy to commit suicide because she was desperate for attention and sympathy from classmates, reports CBS Boston, and wanted to play the role of a grieving girlfriend. Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, said Roy was intent on killing himself and took Carter along on his “sad journey.”

Carter waived her right to a jury trial, so Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz decided the case. He began deliberating late Tuesday after closing arguments concluded and read his verdict Friday morning.

While Roy took “significant actions of his own” to take his own life, Carter’s instruction to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct, the judge said. Even though she knew he was in the truck, she didn’t take action to help him by calling the police or his family, Moniz said.

“She called no one and finally she did not issue a simple additional instruction — get out of the truck,” Moniz said.

Carter cried as the judge read his verdict and sobs broke out in the courtroom.

The judge set sentencing for Aug. 3. He ruled that Carter, now 20, can remain free on bail but ordered her not to make any contact with Roy’s family and not to leave the state. She faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison.

Roy’s mother speaks out for the first time on television in a “48 Hours” special, “Death by Text,” airing on CBS Friday, June 16, at 8/7c.

“I don’t believe she has a conscience,” Lynn Roy tells Erin Moriarty. “I think she needs to be held responsible for her actions ’cause she knew exactly what she was doing and what she said.”

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while visiting relatives. Their relationship largely consisted of text messages and emails. The sensational trial in Taunton offered a window into teen depression and suicide through text messages and Facebook communications.

“You’re finally going to be happy in heaven. No more pain. It’s okay to be scared and it’s normal. I mean, you’re about to die,” Carter wrote in one message.

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

“I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready __ just do it babe,” she wrote.

In another text sent the day Roy died, Carter wrote: “You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.”

Carter’s friends and acquaintances who took the witness stand described Carter’s texts to them in the hours before and after Roy took his life–some saying he was missing, some saying she was on the phone with him when he died–and some said they were surprised at the texts, because they weren’t very close with Carter, the station reported.

“I was talking on the phone with him when he killed himself … I heard him die,” Carter texted to Olivia Mosolgo days after Roy’s death, Mosolgo testified.

Roy, 18, had a history of depression and had attempted suicide in 2012, taking an overdose of Tylenol. Roy’s mother testified at Carter’s trial that Roy seemed to improve after he began taking medication and getting counseling. He graduated from high school in 2014 and had plans to attend college, she said.

“This has been a very tough time for our family. We’d like to just process this verdict,” Roy’s father, Conrad Roy Jr., told reporters after the decision.

Carter, then 17, also had struggled with depression, as well as anorexia, and had been prescribed antidepressants. Cataldo said Carter was struggling with “baggage” of her own at the time.

A psychiatrist who testified for the defense said Carter was suffering from side effects from an anti-depressant she was taking.

Cataldo said Carter became “overwhelmed” by Roy’s suicidal thinking after she initially tried to talk him out of it and urged him to get professional help.

“It was his constant wearing on Michelle Carter for over a year and a half of ‘I want to take my own life,'” Cataldo said.

Cataldo said Roy chose to take his own life, reports CBS Boston, and Carter can’t be held responsible for it.

“It’s sad, it’s tragic,” Cataldo said. “But it’s just not a homicide.”

He pointed to a text to Carter in which Roy wrote, “There is nothing anyone can do to make me want to live.”

Moniz said he did not take into account in his verdict Roy’s previous attempts at suicide.

The case has been closely watched in the legal community and widely shared on social media. In Massachusetts, an involuntary manslaughter charge can be brought when someone causes the death of another person when engaging in reckless or wanton conduct that creates a high degree of likelihood of substantial harm. Prosecutors argued at trial that her text messages supported their claim that Carter caused Roy’s death by “wantonly and recklessly” helping him poison himself.

Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University, said the judge had a difficult task in determining whether Carter’s actions rose to the level of manslaughter.

Medwed said the judge could consider Carter “morally blameworthy,” but “moral blame doesn’t always equal legal accountability.”

The ACLU of Massachusetts condemned the verdict late Friday morning, saying it “exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the Massachusetts and U.S. Constitutions.”

Despite the fact that there is no law in Massachusetts against persuading someone to commit suicide, “Ms. Carter has now been convicted of manslaughter, based on the prosecution’s theory that, as a 17-year-old girl, she literally killed Mr. Roy with her words,” the ACLU’s statement read.

“The implications of this conviction go far beyond the tragic circumstances of Mr. Roy’s death. If allowed to stand, Ms. Carter’s conviction could chill important and worthwhile end-of-life discussions between loved across the Commonwealth,” it said.

Cataldo told reporters “we’re disappointed” with the guilty verdict. Cataldo offered no further comment pending Carter’s sentencing.

Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn said there are “no winners” in the case, but that she hopes the decision can provide the Roy family with closure.

“Two families have been torn apart and will be affected by this for years to come,” Rayburn said.

If the law is supposed to promote morality, then the court reached the correct decision. However, the law often promotes immorality, such as the Supreme Court decision on sodomite marriage. Carter’s conviction, if it holds up under appeal, should serve as a warning t everyone to be careful in giving this advice: “Kill yourself.”

23 thoughts on “Guilty Verdict in Manslaughter Trial for Teen Girl Who Urged Boyfriend to Kill Himself

  1. “A psychiatrist who testified for the defense said Carter was suffering from side effects from an anti-depressant she was taking.”

    This is well known and thoroughly documented:

    I don’t agree with what Carter did, and I would not have done what she did. Both of them were on dangerous mind altering chemicals. Pharmaceutical manufacturers admit that they do not even understand how these chemicals actually work.

    Still, I don’t agree with the sentence or even the trial. What should be on trial is the legitimacy of these psychotropic drugs. But you-know-who will not tolerate that. Big shekels means hands off.

  2. So many young people out here on pharmaceuticals.

    It is hard NOT to meet a millienial or younger in the States who is not on some prescription for anxiety, depression, etc.

    Now Austism is through the roof.

    America is an asylum

  3. The (((ACLU))) is on her side. What a surprise. They want all young white men to kill themselves or take Jew approved medications like Prozac and Zoloft which will wreck their lives anyway. What would the ACLU position be if she had urged the same young man to kill a Jew, or daub a swastika anywhere? More free speech, or Hate Speech?
    Suicide is also murder and attempted suicide is a crime. The ACLU is thus pro crime. Her free speech is more important to them than the serious crime she was advocating.. Can the ACLU be charged with promoting suicide? That would be good.

    “Carter waived her right to a jury trial”.
    She must be mentally ill. A jury would have given her a free pass.

  4. Death by pussy whipping? Sorry but any male who allows a woman to direct his own demise is not a man but a lemming. Thereforth the charge should have been Animal Cruelty.

  5. Another POV here:

    This trial just shows the potency of relationships that are conducted via texts. Social media is now the new dating realm. This case shows that relationships are mental, intellectual, spiritual……and these elements lend well to social media.

    Yeah, she had power over him. They had a real relationship.

    Now flip the script and look what those shit heads on the 8 Chan ‘shame’ thread are doing to women.

    Cuts both ways for both men and women

    • Also shows; however, that social media can deceive.

      Blood and race supersedes social media. Media can ‘cover up’ racial differences for awhile, but ultimately the truth comes out.

      I sense / smell Mystery Meat here….look at those eyebrows.

    • Comment on that link…….
      “David Daring1 year ago
      As an alien I find humanity quite a puzzle. The aristocratic and productive are having fewer babies while the ignorant, defective, and lazy are having more and being funded to do so. While intellectual women are complaining about not getting their due, the gutter critters are taking over the country by massive birthing. Within 30 – 40 years the west will fall and I’m happy few will know the reason why. We don’t really care. We wanted to rid earth of humanity anyway. So glad to see you are doing such a good job without our intervention. It’s easier to exterminate sheep than lions, and feminism is killing off the lions. We are especially happy to see female combat soldiers.”

    • Listened to Elam.

      Cannot disagree with all that he said; however, PTSD disproves the previously thought disconnect between emotions and cognition. Also, maybe a lot of women out here become emotional because so many are in caregiving positions and become overwhelmed and do not have an outlet?

      Men rarely seek therapy, women do more so than men. Men tend to work out their emotional and mental health issues via fucking and drinking. Doesn’t work.

      Do you see many mass shooters that are women? Talk about displaced rage.

      Yeah, I hate whiny women. Elementary school teachers and these millenial bitches think many Other Women are to rescue them. I have had this happen.

      A lot of people suck, both male and female

  6. This (of course) has been front page nooze here in Marxachusetts and the moonbats (98% of Jew England citizens) are screaming for her to not even get a slap on the wrist. This posting is the first place I have see a picture of the twat. She definitely looks like a mudshark; not a pleasant friendly looking young lady in my books. Actually she looks like a young Killary Klinton; cold soulless.

    Jeff Kuhner on WRKO was weighing in saying she should get the book thrown at her.

    • Damn, I never regret leaving MA. What a fucking waste of a beautiful state. Boston Strong…..What a bunch of cunts the so called men in that state have become. I remember when a negro wouldn’t dare step foot in South Boston. Now, look at it. Fucking disgraceful.

      • I went back to visit a few years back and went to Nantasket beach. Thought I’d show my wife where I used to spend my weekends. As soon as I looked over the beach wall I said ” Let’s go.” She knew why.

      • And I never regret leaving CT. What I do regret is not moving to North ID 30 years ago.

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