Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Conrad Roy III's family breaks their silence after Michelle Carter is convicted

REUTERS  Robert Galbraith Michelle Carter's series of texts to boyfriend Conrad Roy III in 2014 were dissected during her manslaughter trial REUTERS Robert Galbraith Michelle Carter's series of texts to boyfriend Conrad Roy III in 2014 were dissected during her manslaughter trial
Sandy Vega | 27 June, 2017, 05:19

While Massachusetts Judge Lawrence Moniz was explaining his decision (Carter waived her right to a jury so he decided her fate alone), he said it was the texts Carter sent that acknowledged she knew how much Roy could hurt himself that rendered her guilty.

Prosecutors believe that Carter became annoyed after months of talking about suicide with Roy and told him to prove it. Carter did not alert authorities or Roys " s family of his plan to commit suicide or the location he was at when he killed himself in his truck by carbon monoxide poisoning, July 12, 2014. He said that Roy took "significant actions of his own" to take his own life, but Carter instructing him to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct.

"I love you and greatly appreciate your effort and kindness toward me", Roy's note to Carter read.

He continued, noting that Carter failed to tell anyone of his plans nor to "issue a simple instruction to get out of the vehicle".

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while visiting relatives. Their relationship largely existed online, consisting of text and Facebook messages.

Both teens struggled with depression. Moniz further added that Carter knew the location of the suicide.

Prosecutors had alleged Carter, then 17, encouraged Roy in text messages.

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"You can't think about it". You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off. You said you were gonna do it. At one point, he got out of his vehicle, but Carter told him in a text to "get back in the truck".

In the days and hours leading up to Roy's suicide, Carter repeatedly sent Roy messages saying, "You just need to do it!"

But Carter's defenders claimed she was innocent and that Roy's death was a suicide rather than a homicide. Carter is not allowed to obtain a passport or leave MA, nor can she contact Roy's family. Her sentencing is set for August.

The parents of the Conrad Roy III, whose then-girlfriend was convicted for his manslaughter after urging him by text to commit suicide, have broken their silence. "So she has to make it happen-she has to make him kill himself so that she's not seen as a liar".

Conrad Roy's family in the gallery.

Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn said the case dealt with important societal issues, "but in the end, the case was really about one young man and one young woman who were brought together by tragic circumstances".

Matthew Segal, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of MA, said that the verdict was a "drastic expansion of criminal law in MA".

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