A woman who allegedly encouraged her boyfriend to take his own life has had a request to delay her manslaughter trial denied.
US woman Michelle Carter is accused of sending dozens of text messages to her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III in July 2014 urging him to kill himself as he had planned.
The 20-year-old is set to stand trial on March 6 over Roy’s death, after a judge rejected a plea by her defence lawyer Joseph Cataldo to have the date pushed back to April or May, The Boston Herald reports.
"Oh, that’s not happening. That’s not happening," Taunton Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz said.
"We’re not going to put it out that far."
The defence lawyer said he wanted time to investigate possible factors in Roy's death, such as the anti-depressant drug both he and Carter were reportedly taking, as well as reports of domestic violence in Roy’s family.
"There’s a lot of documents involved. There’s a lot of experts involved. There’s a lot of witnesses involved. … I just don’t want to be rushed, and I don’t think it’s appropriate on a significant case like this," Mr Cataldo said outside court.
"I think it’s relevant, but it will be up to the judge to determine whether a jury should know about that."
The then 17-year-old Massachusetts girl had allegedly sent a series of texts to her boyfriend, with whom her relationship was largely online, between 6 July and 12 July 2014.
"I just want to make sure you’re being serious. Like I know you are, but I don’t know. You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing," Ms Carter wrote in one text.