Michelle Carter, Who Texted Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself, Is Found Guilty


She faces up to 20 years in prison if given the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Roy's body was found inside his pickup truck sitting in a store parking lot full of carbon monoxide. The judge ordered she be released to her parents pending sentencing but did order Carter not to use electronics to contact people and any social media of any type.

In another text, she said: "If you want it as bad as you say you do, it's time to do it today". "I was talking to him while he killed himself", reads one of her texts to a classmate.

Carter was not taken into custody and will remain on bail. She knew he was in the truck, yet failed to call police or his family. Carter was texting him and, despite Roy showing second thoughts and even leaving the auto at one point, she told him to get back in his truck.

A 20-year-old woman has been convicted of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide three years ago.

Carter's lawyers say Roy had made up his mind to take his own life and Carter did not cause his death. She told him the time was right and to get back into the truck. "You can't keep living this way", Michelle allegedly said in another message. Carter urged him to "get back in" to his truck, and he was found dead the next day.

"She did not issue a simple additional instruction, 'Get out of the truck, '" he said. She sent Roy a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself leading up to his suicide.

On CBS' "48 Hours," Roy's mother, Lynn Roy, said she does not believe Carter has a conscience.

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As prosecutors attempted to prove, Carter engaged in a sustained campaign to cause Roy's death, including repeatedly urging him to kill himself, and outlining exactly how he could do it.

And Carter was at the forefront of the investigation into his death. Her sentencing hearing was scheduled for August 3.

Carter's defense team argued that Roy had a history of depression and had been on a "path to take his own life for years". Her defense tried to show that she too suffered from suicidal ideation after taking antidepressants.

"It's sad, it's tragic", Cataldo said.

Roy's father said outside court that the family was pleased with the conviction. This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions.

"There is no law in MA making it a crime to encourage someone, or even to persuade someone, to commit suicide", Segal added.

CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos said that the judge's verdict is concerning "because it reflects a judicial willingness to expand legal liability for another person's suicide, an act which by definition is a completely independent choice".