Michelle Carter found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Carter, then 17, is accused of urging her boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself over text messages.

Carter told friends that she heard Roy die on the phone and told one friend, Samantha Boardman, that he left the truck because he was "scared" and she told him to "f-- get back in".

The judge ruled that Carter can remain free on bail but ordered not to make any contact with Roy's family.

The trial heard that Carter and Roy exchanged hundreds of text messages in which Carter urged him to follow through on his plan to kill himself, urged him to hide it from his parents, lie to his mother and select a secluded parking lot.

Before his suicide in 2014, Carter sent texts to the vulnerable teen student (18) including: "The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it!"

During her trial, Carter's defense team argued that Roy would have committed suicide with or without Carter's urging.

Carter will be sentenced on August 3 and faces up to 20 years in prison.




Although she can not leave the state of MA, apply for a passport or contact members of the Roy family.

Roy killed himself by running a generator in his truck as he sat in a parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, about 60 miles (96 km) south of Boston. In order to arrive at an involuntary manslaughter charge, the prosecution essentially needed to prove that Carter's words killed Roy.

The basis of the verdict also includes the fact that Carter did not call for help upon learning that Roy was already in the process of killing himself.

The verdict has reportedly taken many legal experts by surprise, as suicide is generally considered, legally, as a completely independent choice. His girlfriend told him to get back in the truck. "This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and USA constitutions", ACLU of MA legal director Matthew Segal told CBS News Boston. "In a case of involuntary manslaughter, you have to connect Carter's conduct to the cause of death - and I think there's too big a gap".

But it is because Roy broke "the chain of self-causation" when he exited his truck and thus its toxic environment, and at that time reached out to Carter, that she is at fault, the judge said.

"There is no law in MA making it a crime to encourage someone, or even to persuade someone, to commit suicide", Segal added.

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