Crime & Courts, Suicide

Michelle Carter facing manslaughter charges for pushing friend to commit suicide

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The teenage girl who texted her boyfriend, insisting that he follow through with killing himself in July 2014 is due back in court at the end of the month.  “Carter, 18, is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in a Massachusetts juvenile court over the suicide of her boyfriend.”

Michelle Carter texted her friend Conrad Roy III over a thousand times, demanding that he follow through with his plans to kill himself.

Police found Roy’s body in a pick-up truck behind a Kmart in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, on July 13, 2014, after he succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.   “The case has drawn heavy scrutiny, both in southern Massachusetts and across the country, largely because of the revealing text messages and the fact that Carter became a suicide prevention spokesperson afterwards.”

After encouraging Roy to kill himself she wrote on Facebook:

“Hey everyone, as some of you already know my boyfriend Conrad Roy recently passed away on July 13. He suffered from mental illness and depression. Conrad’s death was a wake-up call for me. I want to speak out to fight the public stigma and to give a clearer picture of what mental illness is all about. Even though I could not save my boyfriend’s life, I want to put myself out there to try to save as many other lives as possible, and if I can through my experiences shed light on a way out of a difficult situation that I know so many people are going through, then that is what I need to do.”

Carter has been banned from Facebook by a judge so her mother has been posting her prom pictures and vacation pictures of Michelle on her account.

“The attorney said the case, “where a person who is 30 miles away is charged with committing manslaughter by text,” was unprecedented in Massachusetts. The state does not have a statute criminalizing assisted suicide.”

Some people believe she is a psychopath while her friends support her claiming it is not her fault that Roy committed suicide.

The judge stated, “Even if the defendant did not understand the consequences of her actions, a reasonable person would have realized that telling a person to get back into a truck filled with carbon monoxide would pose a grave risk of danger to that person.”

Carter is due back in court on November 30, 2015 in Taunton Juvenile Court.  She faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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