Woman Accused of Using Suicidal Boyfriend as 'a Pawn' in Manslaughter Trial

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2017

A court in MA has heard the opening statements in the trial of a woman accused of encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life with her text messages. There is no statute in MA criminalizing assisted suicide.

Michelle Carter, 20, who urged her boyfriend Conrad Roy via text messages to kill himself, in court.

Roy was sitting in his pickup in a store vehicle park in July 2014 as the truck filled with carbon monoxide.

Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn described at length the communication between the two teenagers ahead of Roy's death.

"She has to be the grieving girlfriend to get the sympathy and the attention that she believes she deserves", Ms Flynn said.

She said Carter often texted her about "personal problems". A generator in the backseat of his truck filled the cab with carbon monoxide.

Police also found Carter's written admission to a friend in which she recalled a phone call with Roy after he got out of his truck and told her he was scared and didn't want to abandon his family. "You just need to do it" she wrote in another text in reply to Roy's hesitation.

The prosecutor portrayed Carter as a young woman desperate for people's attention.

Michelle Carter, went on trial yesterday charged with involuntary manslaughter and has waived her right to a jury trial, meaning her fate will be decided by a judge.

Conrad Roy, left, and Michelle Carter.

Prosecutors will allege Carter drove her 18-year-old boyfriend to his death in order to 'attract sympathy'.

It was those text messages that the prosecution brought up in court, with Flynn saying Carter pretended she didn't know the location or manner of Roy's death. The defense argues it was Conrad Roy who in his own words dragged her into his suicide plans.

"Like, honestly I could have stopped it". The day before, authorities say, Carter had urged him to go through with his plan to commit suicide.

Suicide, not homicide, defense saysBut Carter's attorney, Joseph Cataldo, painted a starkly different version of events, describing Roy as deeply depressed over the divorce of his parents and a victim of physical and emotional abuse who was on a "path to take his own life for years".

The couple met in Florida in 2012 but had only seen each other in person a handful of times even though they lived just 35 miles apart.

"If they read my messages with him, I'm done", Carter texted Boardman.

"He told me he was going to do it soon and stuff, because every night when he said he was going to do it, he didn't", Ms Carter allegedly wrote to an acquaintance after Mr Roy took his own life.

What does Carter's lawyer argue?

Carter's text messages, he said, were an example of free speech.

Roy's mother Lynn testified on Tuesday that her son spent his last day alive at the beach with family and friends, enjoying chips and guacamole and did not reveal that he was thinking about harming himself.

The court was also shown some of the transcripts the prosecution says were part of her "game".

Eithier read texts to the court that she had exchanged with Carter, in which Carter told her her boyfriend, Roy, was "in a bad place right now".

Once he was gone, Carter told her friends that she was the reason behind Roy's death and mourned it. Later the police got a hold on the text messages and then apprehended the woman, and now her court session will going to start from today.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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