Judge won't dismiss Michelle Carter case; defense begins calling witnesses

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 10, 2017

Defence lawyers said Michelle Carter's actions were "reckless", but did not rise to the level of criminality.

Conrad Roy III's online searches in the weeks before taking his life included articles with titles such as "Painless suicide - A complete guide to suicide", and "Quick, easy ways to commit suicide", according to a defense witness at his girlfriend's MA trial on involuntary manslaughter charges.

The prosecution rested Thursday.

The involuntary manslaughter trial of Michelle Carter, accused of urging her boyfriend Conrad Roy III to commit suicide on July 12, 2014, hinges on a series of text messages she sent the MA teenager in the days.

On the third day of Carter's trial, prosecutors zeroed in on a series of disturbing text messages exchanged in the days before Roy's death.

Roy was sitting in his pickup in the parking lot of a store in July 2014 as the truck filled with carbon monoxide.

"You need to do it, Conrad".

Another read: "Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself I don't know there's a lot of ways".

On Monday, prosecutors released transcripts of text messages the then-17-year-old Carter sent to Roy. These images were not shown in court.

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He often discussed his "social anxiety", but at other times expressed hope for his future and job prospects.

Prosecutors said that when Roy got out of the auto the day of his suicide, she "ordered him back and then listened as he cried, took his last breath". "Like that's a huge accomplishment", Roy said.

In Taunton, Massachusetts, the teenager who is now facing charges for the texts she made to her boyfriend who clearly revealed her intentions to encourage her boyfriend to kill himself, which is because she wants attention from public, says an authority. Assisted suicide is illegal in Utah.

Her lawyers have argued that her words fall under free speech, protected by the first amendment of the United States constitution. The defense said Roy was depressed, in part, because of family abuse.

In one text to a friend, Ms Carter wrote: "Sam, [the victim's] death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him I was on the phone with him and he got out of the [truck] because it was working and he got scared and I f****** told him to get back in Sam because I knew he would do it all over again the next day and I couldnt have him live the way he was living anymore I couldnt do it I wouldnt let him". "Instead she told him to do it and she's the reason he's dead". "I was talking to him while he killed himself".

"I'm trying to do the best to dig you out - you're not aware of that, are you?" the defense lawyer asked, referring to a text message sent by Carter.

"And there was also a box you could have marked a homicide?" the lawyer asked.

From Canada or US: If you're in an emergency, please call 911. "I would suggest to you that this not protected speech".

Michelle Carter is on trial for allegedly encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.

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