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US teenager who urged boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

17 June 2017

Instead, the prosecution argued that when Roy began to feel the effects of the carbon monoxide poisoning and stepped out of his vehicle, Carter was the one who instructed him, via phone call, to "get back in".

"Sam, his death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him", she texted Samantha Boardman on September 15, 2014. "Finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: 'Get out of the truck'".

Sobs broke out throughout the courtroom when the verdict was announced.

That would allow Carter to serve part of her sentence under the juvenile system, which aims to rehabilitate, and part under the adult system, which aims to punish offenders. If convicted, Carter could face up to 20 years in prison.

The judge set sentencing for August 3.

The case provided a disturbing look at teen depression and suicide.

Although she was not physically present, the prosecution argued that Carter texted Roy moments prior to his death and encouraged his suicide instead of trying to prevent it.

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Conrad Roy killed himself on July 12, 2014, by inhaling carbon monoxide produced by a water pump in his truck. " ... I'm sorry I wasn't the boy you wanted". "The time is right and you're ready ... just do it babe". Dozens of times, the messages urged Roy to kill himself, with one reading: "No more pushing it off".

A psychiatrist testified Monday that Carter was a "very troubled youngster" who took antidepressants that made her "involuntarily intoxicated" when she told Roy to take his own life. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan.

Roy, 18, had a history of depression and had attempted suicide in 2012, taking an overdose of Tylenol.

Under Massachusetts law, "reckless" or "wanton" conduct that poses a high risk of substantial harm constitutes involuntary manslaughter.

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

BOSTON A MA judge on Friday is set to render a verdict on whether a teenager's text messages to her boyfriend urging his 2014 suicide amounted to manslaughter, a court official said.

"You can't think about it".

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In the days and hours leading up to Roy's suicide, Carter repeatedly sent Roy messages saying, "You just need to do it!"

"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.

He called the death of Roy "a bad tragedy" but added, that no law makes it a crime to encourage, or even persuade, someone to commit suicide.

Carter did that despite knowing "all of the feelings" Roy had shared with her previously, including a prior attempt to drown himself, Judge Lawrence Moniz said.

The judge said he did not take into account in his verdict Roy's previous suicide attempts.

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.

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US teenager who urged boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter