Michelle Carter, the woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter for sending text messages urging her then-boyfriend to kill himself, is expected to be sentenced on Thursday.
A Massachusetts judge found Carter, 20, guilty in June for encouraging her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide three years ago. Roy was sitting in his pickup in July 2014, filling his truck with carbon monoxide, trying to kill himself. Having second thoughts, he left the truck, and Carter told him to ‘‘get back in.’’ Carter was 17 at the time.
1. Her texts urged her BF to kill himself.
Here is a partial transcript of Carter and Roy’s text message exchange before his death:
CARTER: You're so hesitant because you keeping over thinking it and keep pushing it off. You just need to do it, Conrad. The more you push it off, the more it will eat at you. You're ready and prepared. All you have to do is turn the generator on and you will be free and happy. No more pushing it off. No more waiting.
ROY: You're right.
CARTER: If you want it as bad as you say you do it's time to do it today.
ROY: Yup. No more waiting.
CARTER: Okay. I'm serious. Like you can't even wait 'till tonight. You have to do it when you get back from your walk.
2. She blamed herself for his death.
After Roy’s death, she texted a friend, "... his death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car because it was working and he got scared and I (expletive) told him to get back in.”
3. But, she also pushed him to get help in the past.
It wasn’t the first time Roy was suicidal. In the past, Carter encouraged him to seek help for his depression. Carter's lawyer argued that Roy had a history of suicide attempts and he was determined to take his own life. Roy allegedly asked Carter to coordinate a suicide pact like Romeo and Juliet but Carter said no.
4. She was apparently also suicidal.
A psychiatrist who testified for the defense during Carter’s trial said that Carter Roy wasn’t the only one in their relationship who was troubled. He claimed the teen genuinely thought she was helping Roy by encouraging him to end his life.
She was on medication for her own issues at the time and suffered suicidal thoughts. She had been on Prozac for years before switching to Celexa three months before Roy's death. The psychiatrist testified that such drugs can impair judgment, wisdom, understanding, love and empathy, especially in the adolescent brain.
5. She “wanted sympathy.”
During the trial, the prosecution accused Carter of wanting the sympathy and attention that came with being the ‘‘grieving girlfriend.’’ They stated that texts to friends demonstrated that she wanted to become famous through her boyfriend’s suicide.
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