Michelle Carter, a 20-year-old who was accused of urging her then-boyfriend to commit suicide three years ago, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a MA judge. According to a prosecutor, Carter "listened for 20 minutes as [Roy] cried in pain, took his last breath, and then died".
"In a case of involuntary manslaughter, you have to connect Carter's conduct to the cause of death - and I think there's too big a gap".
During the trial, the judge heard extensive readings of text-message exchanges between Carter and Roy, both of whom struggled with emotional problems. "And finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: Get out of the truck".
Carter will be free on bail until August 3, at which time she will attend her sentencing hearing.
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YouTube/CBS Evening NewsThe court finds Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
This led him to contact Carter, who reportedly encouraged him to get back into his truck. "You just keep pushing it off to another night and say you'll do it but you never do".
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Although suicide is generally legally considered to be the result of the victim's own free will, the judge found that Carter was guilty for knowing that Roy was in a toxic situation and not making a move to save him.
"If you point a gun at somebody, you're pretty much intending to shoot them", Gutterman said.
In an official statement released by the Massachusetts ACLU, Segal states that, under Massachusetts law, it is not illegal to encourage, or even persuade, someone to commit suicide. Carter will be charged as a youthful offender, meaning that despite being a minor at the time of her crime, she is being charged as an adult. She can not leave the state of MA and can not use Facebook or Snapchat and is prohibited from texting.
Michelle, now 20, was 17 when she sent Conrad series of text messages, urging him to take his own life.
Carter's defense attorney had maintained that the case was one of suicide, not homicide.
Prosecutors argued that Carter contributed to Roy's death in the hopes of receiving positive attention from friends.
Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while visiting relatives. "You may be seated, that verdict is now recorded and it is in writing as well". Their relationship consisted mainly of texting and other electronic communications. During testimony, a psychiatrist and psychopharmacology expert, Dr. Peter R. Breggin, claimed Carter became a completely different person when she changed prescription medications in the months before Roy's death.