A high-school girl in Massachusetts has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, after police discovered she sent a text to a friend telling him to take his own life, and he did.
Michelle Carter, an 18-year-old from New Bedford, Massachusetts is “bewildered” at the charges she faces in the death of her friend Conrad Roy III. Roy killed himself via carbon monoxide poisoning from his idling truck.
Apparently, prosecutors argue, that Carter sent a text to Roy telling him to “get back in” his truck when he told her he wasn’t sure he wanted to kill himself. Carter’s attorneys argue that the text is taken out of context and that Carter was actually trying to talk him out of suicide. During the days leading up to his death, police say that Roy and Carter exchanged more than 1,000 text messages.
After his death, Carter spoke often of missing her friend on social media and raised money for suicide awareness. Her attorneys also argue that since one of the District Attorneys (though recused from the case) is the victim’s relative, the case should be moved elsewhere.