Michelle Carter knew that if anyone found her text messages to her boyfriend Conrad Roy III, she might go to jail.“[If the police] read my messages with him I’m done. His family will hate me and I can go to jail,” Carter texted a friend after her 18-year-old boyfriend used a gas-powered water pump to commit suicide in the parking lot of a KMart.
Carter had asked Roy in a text message to delete her messages before he carried out the suicide last summer, but investigators found them anyway.According to prosecutors, Carter pressured her boyfriend to go through with suicide for almost a week before he carried out the act. She counseled him to overcome his fears; researched methods of committing suicide painlessly; and lied to police, his family and her friends about his whereabouts during the act itself and after, prosecutors said.
Carter, who was 17 at the time of Roy’s death, now faces manslaughter charges in juvenile court in Massachusetts.Her attorney argues, however, that the charges should be dropped because