Prosecutors had said she sent Conrad Roy III, 18, numerous text messages urging him to commit suicide. Carter also allegedly texted Roy telling him to "get back in" to his auto prior to his death, after he reportedly texted her expressing hesitancy and worry.
Flynn told the court that after Carter told Roy to return to his auto, she then listened to him "as he cried out in pain and died" and did not contact his police or family for help. Prosecutors said Carter could have done something to save Conrad but instead played to the teen's mental health in a series of texts in which she encouraged him to follow through on his plans to commit suicide.
CNN reports that Carter continued to pepper Roy with text messages while he sat in his vehicle, on the brink of killing himself.
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Carter faces up to 20 years in prison as a result of the conviction. She was allowed to remain free on bail until then because she was a teenager at the time of the suicide. Her sentencing is set for August. "What we see with social media and modern media is a real vagueness. did [Carter] really want [Roy] to kill himself?" For about a month, she tried to convince him to get help, and he only insisted that he wished to die.
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Another update in the devastating Michelle Carter case. Her actions constituted wanton and reckless conduct and caused the death of Roy, he said. "Like I don't get why you aren't", she texted. He also declared that what amounted to a constant and aggressive encouragement (for him to go ahead and take the suicide plunge) during these texts was what "caused the death of Mr. Roy".
Local attorney Kevin Reddington, who was in the courtroom when the judge read his verdict, said the judge gave a "very well reasoned decision that is consistent with the law". "You just keep pushing it off to another night and say you'll do it but you never do".
The decision to charge Carter with involuntary manslaughter sets an extraordinary precedent, particularly for the state of MA.
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The northeastern state of MA, unlike other U.S. states, has no law against encouraging someone to commit suicide.