Michelle Carter text suicide trial verdict: Guilty – CBS News

TAUNTON, Mass. — A young Massachusetts woman accused of sending her boyfriend dozens of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were teenagers was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Friday.

Michelle Carter was charged in the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter, then 17, cajoled Roy to kill himself in July 2014 with a series of texts and phone calls, prosecutors alleged. Roy died when his pickup truck filled with carbon monoxide in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. After he exited the truck, Carter told him to “get back in,” prosecutors said.

Carter waived her right to a jury trial, so Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz decided the case. He began deliberating late Tuesday after closing arguments concluded and read his verdict Friday morning.

While Roy took “significant actions of his own” to take his own life, Carter’s instruction to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct, the judge said.  Even though she knew he was in the truck, she didn’t take action to help him by calling the police or his family, Moniz said.

“She called no one and finally she did not issue a simple additional instruction — get out of the truck,” Moniz said.

Carter cried as the judge read his verdict and sobs broke out in the courtroom.

The judge set sentencing for Aug. 3. He ruled that Carter, now 20, can remain free on bail but ordered her not to make any contact with Roy’s family and not to leave the state. She faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison.

Roy’s mother speaks out for the first time on television in a “48 Hours” special, “Death by Text,” airing on CBS Friday, June 16, at 8/7c.   

“I don’t believe she has a conscience,” Lynn Roy tells Erin Moriarty. “I think she needs to be held responsible for her actions ’cause she knew exactly what she was doing and what she said.  

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