Lawyers Seek To Keep Michelle Carter Out Of Jail

Elias Hubbard
February 12, 2019

Carter is expected to appear in court later Monday before a trial judge who will decide when she will start her 15-month sentence.

The 22-year-old was led out of the Taunton courthouse Monday afternoon after her lawyer urged the judge to allow Carter to remain free while her legal team appeals her conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

But Daniel Marx, who argued the case before Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said a week ago that the court's ruling "stretches the law to assign blame for a tragedy that was not a crime", WBUR reported.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III tweeted earlier in the day that the state's Supreme Judicial Court had notified him that Carter's request for a stay of sentence was denied.

A woman who was convicted of encouraging her boyfriend's suicide was sentenced on February 11 and was taken into custody after the MA high court upheld her involuntary manslaughter conviction. Massachusetts' highest court upheld her conviction last week, saying her actions caused Roy's death.

Carter was 17 in July 2014 when she persuaded Roy, 18, to kill himself through dozens of text messages and phone calls, prosecutors said.

Carter, who was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, was allowed to remain free while she appealed her case. In the days leading up to his death, Carter had sent text messages encouraging to end his life.

The juvenile court judge who convicted Carter in 2017 said she caused Roy's death when she told him to get back in after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide, telling her he was scared. "It's always gonna be that way if u don't take action".

Carter's lawyers say she isn't responsible for Roy's suicide.

"I thought you wanted to do this". You just have to do it.

She also told him that he is "finally going to be happy in heaven". The judge said Carter had a duty to call the police or Roy's family, but instead listened on the phone as he died. Her attorney said Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. Her attorney said during the hearing in October that there was no evidence it would have made a difference if she had called for help, arguing she didn't even know where his truck was parked.

"It has very troubling implications, for free speech, due process, and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, that should concern us all", he continued.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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