1. The trial of a woman accused of ‘encouraging’ her boyfriend to take his own life has begun.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 5, 2017
Michelle Carter was just a 17-year-old high school student when she allegedly sent her boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, text messages encouraging him to take his own life.
Roy was found dead in his car on July 12, 2014, and had allegedly sent Michelle messages telling her he had second thoughts about what he was about to do. She told him to “get back in”.
Today, Michelle, now 20, waived her right to a jury trial as her trial began in Bristol County Juvenile Court, the Boston Globe reports. Her decision means her fate will be decided by a judge alone, and not by members of the public.
Seven months after her boyfriend’s death, in February 2015, Carter was arraigned and a jury found there was enough evidence against her to charge her with involuntary manslaughter.
According to local news reports at the time, Carter sent Roy dozens of texts helping him plan his death, including messages of encouragement like, “No more pushing it off, no more waiting” and “Tonight’s the night. It’s now or never.”
Another text read: “If you don’t do it now you’re never gonna do it, and you can say you’ll do it tomorrow, but you probably won’t.”
Roy’s grieving family claim that Michelle’s actions in the months after his death made her appear “calculating”.
Four months after his suicide, she tweeted that she “couldn’t believe” he was gone.
“I love you and miss you always Conrad,” she wrote.
She also sent texts to his mother telling her that she “saw her life with him” and reminded her that she was not at fault for her son’s death.
Opening statements in Michelle’s trial are due to begin first thing tomorrow morning.