The family of Conrad Roy III, who killed himself after being urged to do so by his girlfriend Michelle Carter, is speaking out about the odd actions that Carter took following Roy’s death.
Carter, at age 17, infamously encouraged Roy to follow through on his plan to commit suicide in a series of texts in 2014. Now 22, Carter is mid-way through her 15-month sentence at the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth, Massachusetts for involuntary manslaughter in Roy's death. She has earned two months off her sentence and is expected to be released by March 2020.
While Carter’s 2017 manslaughter conviction was controversial, and even sparked an HBO docu-series, Roy’s mother Lynn Roy stated on a “Dr. Oz” appearance airing Thursday that she believes Carter is "guilty of many things."
The grieving mother discussed some of the odd behavior that Carter exhibited after Roy’s death, before her texts to him were investigated by police.
“She texted me all summer long, hundreds of messages. She even asked my daughters if she could have some of his ashes,” she said.
"She said that, 'Conrad said I could have anything of his,'" she continued.
Conrad's family found the request odd and never gave her any of his remains.
Lynn Roy also recounted the moment when she began to suspect Carter was more involved in Conrad's suicide than previously known.
“She tried to console me. She told me that, how much he loved me, I did nothing wrong. But when she sent me a message in August and she said, ‘I tried to save him, you tried to save him, don't feel guilty’, and I was like, 'Red flag, what is going on?'” she revealed.
She sent that text to a detective on her son’s case.
“I said she knew ... She knew that he was going to commit suicide.”
Prosecutors and police said that Carter had not only spoken to Roy before his death, but she actually listened to him dying.
Conrad’s sister, Camdyn Roy, said on the “Dr. Oz” appearance that Carter texted her the night her brother died to talk about Roy being “missing," a text the family later found deceitful.
“She knew,” Lynn said. “She heard him die in the truck. The police reports [said] that she was on the phone with him while he was dying.”
Camdyn Roy said Carter should have done something that night to help.
“There's a lot of things that could have prevented it,” she said. "But at that moment, when he was about to do it and he said he got out of the car; Michelle Carter, she could have easily called 911. It was a minute down the road maybe.”
She added that seeing as Carter had her number, she could have texted her for help too.
Carter’s lawyers have been trying to appeal her conviction, claiming it violated both her First Amendment right to free speech and her Fifth Amendment right to due process. Her lawyers want to bring the case to the Supreme Court, where they hope her conviction will be reviewed and vacated. In a petition filed over the summer, Carter’s defense wrote, “Michelle Carter’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter in connection with Conrad Roy III’s suicide is unprecedented.”
Earlier this year, HBO aired "I Love You, Now Die," a documentary directed by Erin Lee Carr that chronicled the controversial case.
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