She apparently pressured him into killing himself.
Massachusetts teenager Conrad Roy III was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck in a Kmart parking lot almost three years ago. He had apparently committed suicide after his girlfriend urged and pressured him into taking his own life.
His girlfriend, Michelle Carter, who was 17 at the time, posted grieving messages on social media, and even raised money in his name for mental awareness. It was a tragic ending to a very young boy’s life, and his girlfriend seemed to be affected the most. However, prosecutors discovered something dark and sinister behind their love story.
Family and friends were shocked when prosecutors indicted Carter, saying they had discovered numerous text messages from her urging Roy to kill himself.
“You need to do it, Conrad,” Carter told Roy in a text message the morning of July 12, according to a document disseminated by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
“You’re ready and prepared. All you have to do is turn the generator on and you will be free and happy,” she reportedly wrote. “No more pushing it off. No more waiting.”
Though Carter had obviously pressured and cornered Roy into taking his own life, Boston defense attorney Peter Elikann says there is no law to indict Carter of such crime.
“At the moment, there’s really no law on the books in Massachusetts about whether somebody can encourage somebody to commit suicide or not,” he said.
However, Judge Moniz who was in charge of the case said that what Carter did was not only illegal but also immoral. He added that Carter shouldn’t be viewed as a grieving girlfriend either.
“She admits in subsequent texts that she did nothing, she did not call the police or Mr. Roy’s family and finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: ‘Get out of the truck’.
“This court, having reviewed the evidence, finds you guilty on the indictment with involuntary manslaughter.”
Michelle Carter faces up to 20 years in prison after her conviction in the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III.