Massuchusetts Teen Is Being Convicted Of Manslaughter For Urging Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself Through Text
Source- A Massachusetts teen accused of convincing her friend to commit suicide faces involuntary manslaughter charges after prosecutors say text messages show she was an accessory.
However, the defense argued Michelle Carter was also troubled and was just trying to help her boyfriend, Conrad Roy.
WCVB reported Carter and her parents, who were in court Monday, did not talk about the thousands of text messages between her and the deceased in July of 2014.
Carter is accused of coercing the 18-year-old him into suicide. In one text she said to Roy, "You said you were gonna do it. I don't get like why you aren't."
Additionally, Carter's attorney argued the texts she sent Roy are protected as free speech.
However, New Bedford Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn stated in court that Carter is an accessory because she texted Roy.
“One can be an aider and abettor or an accessory before the fact simply for words,” Rayburn said.
Prosecutors also said she stayed on the phone with Roy to ensure that he was dead.
Roy's family has since read every text.
“Her words are not protected, your honor. Her words are harmful, offensive and likely to cause an immediate, violent act,” Rayburn stated.
Sorry if this trivializes the suicide of a teenage boy, but the way I look at this story is that is a win-win. Conrad gets the premature death he so anxiously craved and this girl potentially gets sent to prison for 20 years. Like it or not, that was the inevitable conclusion for these two anyway. If you let a teenage girl talk you into suicide then you were going to take your life at some point, and if you listen to your boyfriend's death, to completion, over the phone then you are probably going to grow up to be a mass murderer. These two may have been each other's 'Kryptonite', but they were, at most, only '3 Doors Down' from their eventual fate even without dating each other.
Teenage girls are pretty much the suicide barometer. They are the first real test that shows whether or not you can adequately deal with problems. Who hasn't talked to a high school female and not thought about killing themselves? Granted, it was probably when they were asking you why it took more than 45 seconds to respond to their text message, and not describing, in detail, the best time of day to take your life, but they'll both make a teenage boy question his will to live. I was in a serious relationship in high school. My girlfriend never told me to kill myself, but there were definitely a few instances where she implied that I should. The fact that I didn't kick the chair over when she was interrogating me on bringing booze to her parents beach house is a testament to how non-suicidal I actually was. This is what teenage girls were put on the planet for. They are an evaluation. An evaluation of whether or not pubescent boys enjoy life enough to put up with their shit. An evaluation of whether or not their parents married the right person. An evaluation of each other's ability to maintain friendships. If there is a chink in the armor then those bratty little bitches will find it, and expose it. It's just what they do. Don't get me wrong, this girl deserves every second of the sentence she is given, but let's not act like the kid who let his girlfriend talk him off the plank of life had a long prosperous future in front of him.