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The 5 reasons for the verdict in the Michelle Carter trial

17 June 2017

Judge Lawrence Moniz handed down the sentence in the nonjury finding, and what's most interesting about this case is that it hinges on the rare legal finding that her words alone were able to directly cause Conrad Roy III to kill himself. She cannot apply for or obtain a passport, nor can she leave MA without permission from a judge. "And, finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: Get out of the truck".

Carter's case was tried in a juvenile court because she was a minor at the time. She also isn't allowed to leave the state.

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

The ruling marks the first time a case of cyberbullying has resulted in a homicide conviction because of a victim's suicide. When police found Roy's lifeless body in the cab of a pickup filled with carbon dioxide in a Kmart parking lot, it was initially treated as a suicide.

Carter: "I thought you wanted to do this". The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it!

Text messages show Carter knew where Roy was when he killed himself, which means she could have directed authorities or even his family to his location.

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"He breaks that chain of self-causation by exiting the vehicle", Judge Moniz said.

Roy's father said the family was pleased with the conviction.

"This has been a very tough time for our family, and we'd like to just process this verdict that we are happy with", Conrad Roy Jr. said. Carter was accused of involuntary manslaughter based on conduct prosecutors said was reckless and likely to cause substantial harm. "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.

The northeastern state of MA, unlike other USA states, has no law against encouraging someone to commit suicide.

During Carter's trial, a psychiatrist testified that Carter was on a new prescription for antidepressants that made her "involuntarily intoxicated" and kept her from forming intent.

Prosecutors described Carter as an emotionally needy, deceptive manipulator who drove Roy to suicide to gain the validation she had long craved - to win the title of "grieving girlfriend". You keep pushing it off and you say you'll do it but u never do. "You may be seated, that verdict is now recorded and it is in writing as well".

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Carter and Roy met in Naples, Florida, in 2012 while visiting relatives.

"This court, having reviewed the evidence and applied the law thereto, now finds you guilty on the indictment charging you with the involuntary manslaughter of the person Conrad Roy", Moniz told the packed court room.

Michelle Carter sits with her defense attorney Joe Cataldo during cross examination of defense witness Dr. Peter Breggin (not seen) during her trial at Taunton Juvenile Court in Taunton, Mass., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The case stems from the death of Roy in July 2014, when Carter was 17 and Roy was 18.

In convicting Carter in the jury-waived trial, Judge Moniz surprised defense lawyer Brad Bailey, who watched the verdict announced live on television Friday morning.

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The 5 reasons for the verdict in the Michelle Carter trial