Girlfriend who sent texts to teen boyfriend ‘encouraging him to kill himself’ goes on trial accused of manslaughter
A girlfriend who allegedly sent her ‘vulnerable’ boyfriend dozens of texts encouraging him to ‘kill himself’ has gone on trial accused of manslaughter.
Michelle Carter, 20, faces charges over the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy who died by carbon monoxide poisoning in 2014.
The teen who had long battled depression was found dead in a Kmart parking lot several miles outside Boston, US.
Prosecutors at Taunton Trial Court, Massachusetts, released chilling transcripts of text messages Carter – then 17 – is said to have sent Roy.
In one, she allegedly wrote: “The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!”
“When are you going to do it? Stop ignoring the question???? You can’t keep push [sic] it off,” prosecutors claimed Carter texted Roy.
The court heard that Carter and Roy exchanged more than 20,000 text messages – with more than 1,000 of those messages sent in the days leading up to Roy’s death.
Prosecutors say of those, dozens were text messages urging him to take his own life hours before Roy’s suicide,
In some of the exchanges, it’s claimed Carter appeared to be faulting Roy for delaying it.
“So I guess you aren’t gonna do it then, all that for nothing … I’m just so confused like you were so ready and determined,” she reportedly said.
When Roy said he wanted to go back to sleep, Carter suggested that “now” is the best time to do it because everyone was still sleeping.
“Just go somewhere in your truck. And no one’s really out right now because it’s an awkward time,” she said.
In another text that same day, she kept pushing.
“I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready … just do it babe,” she said.
In the hour before his death, it’s claimed Roy was on the phone with Carter for 47 minutes, at one point telling her he was getting out of the truck because he feared “it wasn’t working.”
But Carter’s lawyer argues that she tried repeatedly to talk him out of it and only began to support the “suicide” plan when it became clear he would not change his mind.
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