In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III killed himself in a Massachusetts Kmart parking lot after receiving a series of text messages from his 17-year-old girlfriend.
Roy had long struggled with depression, a fact that his love interest, Michelle Carter, knew all too well.
According to earlier reports, the teenage girl told her boyfriend that he would be better off dead and encouraged him to commit suicide.Image Credit: Screenshot/Facebook
In text messages, she told Roy:
You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.
You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.
Roy eventually decided to go through with it. The 18-year-old attached a hose to the exhaust pipe of his truck and waited inside as it filled up with carbon monoxide.
At one point, he told Carter that he was scared and got out of the vehicle; she then told him to “get back in.”
His body was later discovered inside the vehicle in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
Conrad passed away two years ago today. Two incredibly difficult years for his family and friends to mourn the loss of…
Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging the teen to kill himself.
But her disturbing actions left many asking one big question: why would she do such a thing?Image Credit: Screenshot/GMA
On Tuesday, Carter’s trial began, and prosecutors shed light on what they believe motivated her.
Carter, now 20, appeared upset in court as prosecutors described what they called her “sick game.”
According to WPRI, prosecutors said that Carter encouraged Roy to kill himself as a way to gain sympathy so that others would view her as a “grieving girlfriend.”
Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn told the court:
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“The defendant needed something to get their attention. She used Conrad as a pawn in her sick game of life and death.”
Flynn also said that Carter hid her disturbing actions from the boy’s grieving family. She said:
“She never admitted to anyone in the Roy family that she had helped Conrad for weeks to devise a suicide plan, or that she was on the phone with Conrad and knew he committed suicide in the Kmart parking lot.”
Carter’s attorneys, Joseph Cataldo, argued that the right to free speech should protect her.
According to CBS Boston, the 20-year-old has waived her right to trial by jury, meaning her fate will be decided entirely by the judge.
If sentenced, Carter could face up to 20 years in prison.