A Massachusetts woman convicted of sending dozens of text messages to her depressed boyfriend who encourages him to kill himself was convicted of manslaughter. Michel Carter can be jailed for 20 years after being convicted of involuntary murder of Conrad Roy XIII at the Tonton Trial Court on Friday (June 16).
Roy died of carbon monoxide poisoning inside a pick-up truck on July 13, 2014 by running a generator in his car in a parking lot. “You recognize in the … texts that she did nothing: you did not call the police or Mr. Roy’s family” after hearing him die during a phone call, Muniz said. “Finally, no more simple instructions: get out of the truck.”
Carter was said to have been “aware” of building a toxic environment at the Roy pickup as he sat in a parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The pair exchanged more than 20,000 text messages, more than 1,000 of which were sent in the days before Roy’s death, many of which discussed his next suicide.
Carter wrote before the death of Roy: “So I think you will not do it then, all for nothing … I’m just so confused as if I was very willing and determined.” After Roy Carter’s death, she told colleague Samantha Boardman, “It’s my fault” and then “I could have stopped him but told him to get back in the car.”
During the trial it emerged that Carter was on medication that weakened the ability to be sympathetic. Peter Brighin testified that she used Celixa, an antidepressant that targets the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making and empathy. Carter, who was tried as a juvenile because he was 17 at the time of the crime, will remain bail free until he is sentenced on 3 August.