Woman accused of texting boyfriend instructions to kill himself begins trial
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 9:31
It should be acknowledged that the suicide victim, Roy killed himself with carbon monoxide poisoning inside his pickup truck in Fairhaven, which was one of the many ideas of Michelle who pushed her boyfriend to the limit that took his life, says an expert.
A teenager charged with using text messages to encourage her boyfriend to kill himself played a "sick game" with another person's life, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.
Carter's attorney, Joseph P. Cataldo, doesn't dispute that his client texted Roy - but he has said the messages were not criminal and certainly do not rise to the level of manslaughter.
Opening statements in the jury-waived trial of Michelle Carter were held Tuesday in juvenile court in Taunton. She added that he always seemed to have an excuse to not do it and scolded him for not going through with it.
Carter and Roy met several years before his suicide while on separate vacations to Florida; Carter was the granddaughter of a Roy family friend.
The prosecutor said Carter listened "as he cried out in pain and died" before reportedly texting multiple people.
One of the allegations involves Carter communicating with Roy as he was trying to asphyxiate himself with vehicle exhaust. She's still subject to adult punishment of up to 20 years in prison if convicted. They communicated mostly through text messages and phone calls.
Michelle Carter is charged with Manslaughter.
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The trial is jury-waived and being heard by Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz.
However, Carter never mentioned her knowledge of Roy's suicide plans and texted Camdyn Roy later to request some of her brother's ashes, according to testimony. She said the defendant was "craving attention and sympathy".
"She. assured him that his family would understand why he did it".
Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn said Carter sent 40 text messages to Roy urging him to kill himself. All you have to do is turn the generator on and you bee (sic) free and happy. According to the New York Times, her lawyers argued that the speech was protected, and she wasn't at the scene where he died so she couldn't have caused it. Carter was thirty miles away at the time. She said she did not know Carter well, and was surprised when the then-17-year-old Carter began texting her without being invited by Eithier to do so.
The defense team argues that Roy's death was a "tragic suicide", not a homicide.
Olivia Masalgo, who played softball with Carter, once sent a text complimenting her friend for being amusing.
Such questions are critical in a state such as MA, where assisting someone to commit suicide is not considered a crime. "Just do it, babe", Carter wrote.
She stated she started getting texts from Carter, whom she described as not knowing well, around July 12, 2014, the day that Roy died.
When she was questioned by Mr Cataldo, she admitted there was tension between her son and his father.