A judge has just issued his ruling in the case of Michelle Carter, the girlfriend of Conrad Roy III.
Roy committed suicide in his truck on July 14, 2014. Text messages between Carter and Roy revealed that Carter, who was then 17-years-old, knew Roy was planning his suicide and even supported him in his efforts to take his own life.
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Some of the text messages read:
Carter: … You already made this decision and if you don’t do it tonight you’re gonna be thinking about it all the time and stuff all the rest of your life and be miserable. You’re finally going to be happy in heaven …
Carter: 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
Roy: I don’t get it either. idk.
Carter: So I guess you aren’t gonna do it then, all that for nothing. I’m just confused like you were so ready and determined
Roy: I am gonna eventually. I really don’t know what I’m waiting for but I have everything lined up.
Carter: You keep pushing it off and you say you’ll do it, but u never do. Its always gonna be that way if u don’t take action. You’re just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off, you just have to do it
As a result, she was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
During Carter’s trial, it was revealed that she was on the phone with Roy when he turned on the truck that began filling up with carbon monoxide. When Roy exited the car because he “was scared,” Carter instructed Roy, who was then 18-years-old, to get back in.
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Carter allegedly heard Roy take his last breath, never once calling someone for help.
Carter, who was tried as a juvenile, waived her right to a jury trial, so Judge Lawrence Moniz ruled on the case.
He explained before announcing his verdict to a tearful Carter:
“[Carter] is mindful that the process in the truck will take approximately 15 minutes, whether that is a true fact is not relevant, what is relevant is that that is her state of mind based upon a text exchanged between she and Mr. Roy during the period of June 30th to July 14. She instructs Mr. Roy to get back into the truck while knowing all of the feelings he has exchanged with her, his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns.
This court finds that instructing Mr. Roy to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct by Ms. Carter, creating a situation where this is a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to Mr. Roy.“
The judge further stated that Carter knew, “by her own admission,” that Roy followed her instructions.
As a result, Judge Lawrence Moniz found Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Moniz scheduled a sentencing hearing for the end of July. Carter will remain out on bail, provided she follows explicit instructions given to her by the court.
Carter faces up to 20 years in prison.
You can watch the judge’s full explanation behind the guilty verdict below: