Following the tragic suicide of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning last summer, his friend, Michelle Carter, has now been accused by police of urging him to “get back in” his truck when he had second thoughts about taking his life.
Carter, 18, has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Conrad Roy III, from Mattapoisett, who committed suicide in a parking lot in July 2014.
After having been called to the scene last summer, the police searched the teens’ phones as part of their investigation into Roy’s death and say they found a text message from Carter to Roy hours before his death, which read, “Let me know when you’re gonna do it.”
According to police, Carter knew of her friend’s plan to commit suicide and allegedly not only “encouraged Conrad to take his own life, but she questioned him repeatedly as to when and why he hadn’t done it yet,” according to the report.
Nevertheless, according to the accused’s attorney, Joe Cataldo, the charges against his client were absurd, and Carter was reportedly “shocked” at the allegations against her.
“It was his voluntary decision to end his life,” he said. “His death was not caused by Michelle Carter.”
For Roy’s family, the whole affair has been a tragic one, although his grandfather, Conrad Roy, said on Friday that he holds Carter fully responsible for the suicide.
“She told him to get back in the truck,” he said. “She even heard him gasping for air as he was dying.”
For Roy, his grandson and namesake would be alive today if Michelle Carter hadn’t encouraged him to return to the truck after he had second thoughts.
“It’s an ugly situation,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better kid. It’s just sad.”
For Carter, who was indicted on February 5 released on $2,500 bail, was ordered not to have access to social media or be allowed to text message anyone not in her immediate family.
While she has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, Carter is due back in court in April as the proceedings continue.