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Michelle Carter Photographed In Public For First Time Since Jail Release

Michelle Carter, known for encouraging Conrad Roy III to die by suicide, was photographed outside her home, not long after the debut of "The Girl From Plainville."

By Gina Tron

Michelle Carter, who infamously encouraged her boyfriend to die by suicide, was photographed for the first time since her release from jail.

The paparazzi-style photographs were taken on Wednesday and published in tabloids and the New York Post this week. They show Carter, 25, doing lawn work in front of her Plainville, Massachusetts home. Sporting short, bleached blonde hair and a Falmouth University hoodie, while operating a leaf blower, her facial expression is serious. 

It marks the first time that “The Girl From Plainville” subject has been photographed since her jail release in January of 2020. She was released three months early on good behavior after appealing her conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Carter had been sentenced to serve 15 months after being convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of Conrad Roy III, 18. A judge determined that Carter, who was 17 at the time, was culpable in Roy's suicide after she encouraged him to die by suicide in text messages, as well as telling him in a phone call to get back in his truck, which was filling up with carbon monoxide. 

Carter has kept a low profile since her release, even as her case remains the subject of consistent and even escalating public interest. In addition to the 2019 doc “I Love You, Now Die,” the case has been dramatized in Hulu’s “The Girl From Plainville.” The series, which came out late last month, stars Elle Fanning as the controversial Carter, Colton Ryan as Roy, and Chloe Sevigny playing Lynn Roy, Roy’s mother. 

Fanning recently said that she hopes her portrayal of Carter shows the case in a “different light.”

Roy's family spoke out recently about the series. Lynn St. Denis, his mother, told People that she fears that “The Girl From Plainville,” may “attempt to defend” some of what she describes as Carter’s “needless and evil actions."