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Woman on trial for manslaughter after texting boyfriend to commit suicide

Attorney Joseph Cataldo talks to his client, Michelle Carter, before meeting at a side bar at the beginning of the court session at Taunton Juvenile Court in Taunton, Mass., on Monday, June 5, 2017. Carter is charged with manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself. (Faith Ninivaggi/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

From WN

20-year-old Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter over the suicide of Conrad Roy III after repeatedly telling her boyfriend to kill himself on Tuesday in Massachusetts , according to BBC News.

Prosecutors allege that Carter is responsible after she encouraged the 18-year-old Roy to kill himself in order to attract sympathy for herself and projected text messages from the woman on the wall.

“You need to do it, Conrad,” Ms Carter texted him on the morning of 12 July, according to records presented by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. “You’re ready and prepared. All you have to do is turn the generator on and you will be free and happy.”

She had several other messages explaining how he would be happy in heaven, “No more pain. It’s okay to be scared and it’s normal. I mean, you’re about to die.”

When he expressed hesitation, she pushed him back, “I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready … just do it babe. No more pushing it off. No more waiting.”

When he hesitated again, saying he didn’t know if he wanted to follow through with his plan she replied, “Get back in.”

Roy was found in his vehicle, dead from carbon monoxide in Fairhavens, Massachusetts the next morning.

Roy’s mother, Lynn Roy,, said she had no warning of her son’s suicide as the previous day was spent at the seaside in Westport, MA with his sisters, “I thought he was a little depressed. I thought he was doing great.”

After Roy’s death, Carter fund-raised for mental health awareness and even led a charity softball event in his name.

But Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn said, “She used Conrad as a pawn. . .She talked him out of his doubts point-by-point, assured him that his family would understand why he did it, researched logistics and reassured him that he was likely to succeed, and pushed him to stop procrastinating and get on with it, mocking his hesitation.”

The defense Joseph Cataldo argued that Roy was depressed over family troubles and had previous history of suicide attempts., Maureen Foody

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