Woman who urged friend to kill himself found guilty of manslaughter

Michelle Carter stands as court is in recess at the end of the day at her trial in Taunton Mass. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014

Carter's sentence could range from probation to 20 years in prison. Roy, 18, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in a store parking lot in Fairhaven.

Carter, 20, cried silently in the MA courtroom as Judge Lawrence Moniz outlined the steps she took - and the ones she did not take - that led to Roy's death from carbon monoxide poisoning.

"I think she needs to be held responsible for her actions 'cause she knew exactly what she was doing", the victim's mother, Lynn Roy, said in her first interview since the conviction.

A MA court found Carter guilty in the death of boyfriend Conrad Roy, 18.

Carter is now out on bail. Yet she did not call the police or Roy's family, he noted. “Get back in, ” Carter told Roy, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died.

Although Carter is now 20 years old, she was tried as a juvenile due to her age at the time of Roy's suicide.

When Conrad expressed uncertainty, she said she felt "played" and promised to help his family through his death. Carter had previously waived her right to a trial, and the verdict was given in a nonjury trial by MA judge Lawrence Moniz, who said Carter's actions were not just immoral but illegal, according to The New York Times.

"You always say you're gonna do it, but you never do", Carter complained in one of the more than 1,000 texts the two teens shared.

"I could have stopped him but I told him to get back in the auto". And finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: "'Get out of the truck.'" the judge said.

Carter being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for her texting and encouragement in Roy III's suicide is a first for USA courts. He pointed out that Roy had stepped out of the truck, and told Carter he couldn't go through with it.

Michelle Carter, the woman who successfully told her boyfriend to kill himself, is getting support after her Friday conviction for involuntary manslaughter.

The judge said he did not take into account in his verdict Roys previous attempts at suicide.

Moniz set sentencing for August 3.

And all the while, Carter kept goading him to do what he had said so many times he would do.

Carter's defense lawyer Joseph P. Cataldo said he was "disappointed" in the verdict.

"It was his constant wearing on Michelle Carter for over a year and a half of 'I want to take my own life, '" Cataldo said.

The northeastern state of MA, unlike other USA states, has no law against encouraging someone to commit suicide.

Court watchers believe the ruling will send shockwaves in cases concerning virtual communications.

New legal precedent may have been set on Friday regarding whether telling someone to kill themselves constitutes a crime.

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