McGovern: Judge's ruling finds Michelle Carter's words killed Conrad Roy
Jun 21 2017
Carter was 17 years old in 2014, when she texted with Roy on the night of his death.
Carter'stext messages were used as evidence, which clearly showed her goading Roy to take his own life.
The case stems from the death of Roy in July 2014, when Carter was 17 and Roy was 18. While Massachusetts Judge Lawrence Moniz was explaining his decision (Carter waived her right to a jury so he decided her fate alone), he said it was the texts Carter sent that acknowledged she knew how much Roy could hurt himself that rendered her guilty. Moniz declared that both Carter's failure to act and her actions amounted to "reckless conduct".
Prosecutors said that in addition to bombarding Roy with text messages, Carter also gave Roy advice when he got out of the truck as he was inhaling the gas and told her he was scared.
Knowing that Roy was in his truck and in a toxic environment, the judge said, Carter took no action.
Massachusetts School of Law Dean Michael Coyne said it's not uncommon for present-day courts to look at old rulings and apply them to modern cases.
"I see a potential slippery slope here", Gutterman said, noting that the verdict in the Carter trial could potentially open the door to "misuse or over-application of legal standards". Roy died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup.
Camdyn Roy, the sister Conrad Roy III, points to the defendant Michelle Carter to identify her while testifying in Carter's trial. You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off.
Roy had previously attempted suicide and Carter had taken psychiatric medications, according to trial testimony. And finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: "'Get out of the truck.'" the judge said.
Michelle Carter, at her trial earlier this week, had exchanged text messages about suicide with a friend who eventually killed himself.
"You can't think about it". "Even if somebody supports another individual in a suicide, it doesn't create a homicide", the defense added.
Carter's sentence could range from probation to 20 years in prison. "You can't keep living this way", Michelle allegedly said in another message. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting and other electronic communications. The state does not have a law against encouraging someone to kill themselves.
He said he was surprised at the verdict because Carter was not at the scene and Roy ultimately acted along, and it was hard to prove she "caused" the death.
This led him to contact Carter, who reportedlyencouraged him to get back into his truck.