Monday, 21 August, 2017

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

Massachusetts texting suicide trial verdict to be announced Michelle Carter, Who Texted Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself, Is Found Guilty
Owen Mccarthy | 27 June, 2017, 05:23

Investigators uncovered dozens of text messages and phone calls from Carter encouraging Roy to follow through on the action, including telling him to get back in the truck when he had second thoughts.

According to the judge, the basis for Carter's guilty verdict is the phone call that she had with Roy during his suicide attempt.

Prosecutors allege that Carter caused Roy's death by relentlessly badgering him with text messages urging him to kill himself.

Carter went from offering "words of kindness and love" to aggressively encouraging Roy via text message to carry out longtime threats to commit suicide, Bristol Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn told the court.

"I am not going to sleep until you are in the vehicle with the generator on", she wrote in one text.

Carter also told Ms Boardman she was anxious about what investigators would find on Roy's phone.

During the trial, the judge heard extensive readings of text-message exchanges between the two, including one reading: "No more pushing it off".

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Moniz set Carter free on bail until her sentencing on August 3. Carter was released on bail, but is barred from contacting Roy's family and can not leave MA. They suggested she was trying to socially profit off of Roy's suicide, pointing to her desire for "credit" when she organized a memorial baseball tournament and her request that Roy tweet about her before he killed himself. His girlfriend told him to get back in the truck.

Nonetheless, Judge Lawrence Moniz pinned the blame on her. 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.

The judge disagreed saying he did not take into account in his verdict of Roy's previous attempts at suicide.

"This court, having reviewed the evidence, now finds you guilty on the indictment charging you with involuntary manslaughter", Mr Moniz told the court.

The ACLU of MA condemned the verdict, stating it "exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions". "You just need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe". "Instructing Mr. Roy to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct, creating a situation where there's a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result".

Carter's lawyers say Roy had made up his mind to take his own life and Carter did not cause his death.

Prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury, which voted to indict Carter on a count of involuntary manslaughter.

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