Girl Who Helped Her Boyfriend Kill Himself Through Texts Convicted of Manslaughter


"She did not issue a simple additional instruction: Get out of the truck."

Sobs broke out throughout the courtroom when the verdict was announced.

Carter will be sentenced on August 3 and faces up to 20 years in prison. She brushed off "his fears" and "concerns", according to Moniz, and when the Mattapoisett teen shut the door of his truck and ended his life, Carter was to blame.

The texts that led to teen's suicide: Read them here.

Carter's lawyer argued Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was determined to end his own life. Roy was sitting in his pickup in July 2014, filling his truck with carbon monoxide, trying to kill himself.

" 'He came to rely on her more and more than anyone else during that time period, ' Flynn said".

Carter waved her right to a jury trial, meaning a single judge decided the case.

It has been established that Carter regularly urged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to act on his suicidal thoughts, going so far as to send multiple texts when the latter appeared reluctant to carry out the act.

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Defense attorney Joseph Cataldo portrayed Carter as equally emotionally vulnerable and not in full control of her actions because of prescription psychiatric medication that left her with the delusion that she could help Roy by urging his death.

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. According to a psychiatrist testifying for the defense, Carter was taking the antidepressant Celexa at the time of Roy's death, which targets the part of the brain in control of empathy and decision-making.

Prosecutors argued Carter encouraged and manipulated Roy to kill himself with repeated text messages and phone calls, telling him the process would be "painless".

"You can't think about it". "You just have to do it".

"It's a new day and age, your honor, and the phones that we have now allow you to be virtually present with somebody", Rayburn said. She was ordered to not contact members of Roy's family and to surrender her passport. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting and other electronic communications.

The guilty verdict came as a surprise to legal scholars, theNew York Times reported Friday, particularly because in MA it's not illegal to encourage someone toward suicide, and because Carter wasn't physically present when Roy died.

That Roy may have died by suicide at a different time "is of no effect to this court's deliberations", Moniz said. In order to arrive at an involuntary manslaughter charge, the prosecution essentially needed to prove that Carter's words killed Roy.