Prosecution in the involuntary manslaughter case against honor student Michelle Carter reveal startling new text messages sent between the girl and her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, leading up to his suicide. The messages reveal that Carter was pushing for Roy to commit suicide, noting that “tonight is the night” and “you just have to do it.” Carter even gave Roy a backup plan should the carbon monoxide poisoning fall through, telling him to “try the bag or hanging.” The callous teen even told Conrad to “get back in” the vehicle after he became scared and exited it. Now, the prosecution is charging Carter with involuntary manslaughter for actively participating in Conrad Roy’s death.
The Huffington Post reports that Michelle Carter’s defense attorney attempted to get the charges dropped, noting that Michelle was the victim as she was “brainwashed” by Roy. The attorney notes that Conrad Roy III was wholly responsible for his own death and that the only role Carter played in the whole ordeal was with words. The attorney noted that though the pair had shared thousands of text messages, and called one another boyfriend and girlfriend, they had only ever met in person twice. The defense went on to say that Roy attempted to get Carter to participate in a Romeo and Juliet style suicide.
“It was [Roy’s] plan. He is someone who caused his own death. Michelle Carter’s only role in this is words.”
However, the prosecution notes that the text messages between the two paint a very different picture of Michelle Carter. Prosecution points to a number of text messages, where it appears Carter was encouraging Roy to kill himself and even helping him plan the death. Leading up to the death, prosecutors point to text messages that say, “tonight is the night” and “you just have to do it.” Carter put Roy’s mind to ease about the pain of death by saying carbon monoxide poisoning is “painless and quick.”
“You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.”
She also made sure that Roy had all the details on exactly how to run the carbon monoxide into the vehicle so that he couldn’t use improper technique as an excuse for not going through with the suicide.
“But I bet you’re gonna be like ‘oh, it didn’t work because I didn’t tape the tube right or something like that. I bet you’re gonna say an excuse like that… you seem to always have an excuse.”
Carter went so far in the texts to provide “backup plans” should the carbon monoxide poisoning not work. She told Roy that if the carbon monoxide didn’t seem to be working he could “try the bag or hanging.” Though the defense attorney says that carter was a victim of brainwashing, prosecution notes that even after Carter knows Roy is dead, she acts as though she doesn’t know what has happened. She goes so far as to text Roy’s sister and ask, “Do you know where your brother is?”
A few months after the death, Carter admits to a friend via text message that she “could have stopped it” and that when Roy exited the vehicle, she told him to “get back in.”
“Like, honestly I could have stopped it. I was the one on the phone with him and he got out of the car because [the carbon monoxide] was working and he got scared. I fu**en [sic] told him to get back in.”
Do you think the prosecution will be able to win an involuntary manslaughter case based on text messages alone? Is Michelle Carter at least partially responsible for Conrad Roy III’s death?
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