NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It will be up to the state’s highest court to determine whether a teen who allegedly encouraged her boyfriend’s suicide should be charged with manslaughter.
Michelle Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter following the death of Conrad Roy, III. She allegedly sent dozens of text messages to Roy, encouraging him to kill himself.
When Roy’s plan to poison himself with carbon monoxide started to work, he got scared and got out of his truck. Carter allegedly told him to get back inside.
The defense argues that the text messages are protected free speech, and didn’t necessarily cause his death.
Some people aren’t buying that defense.
“If I was the mother of that child that was dead, I think that she should get some kind of a punishment. Somebody lost a child through text messages. And she is going to be free? No,” Wendy Santos of Holyoke said.
If she is found guilty, Carter could face up to 20 years in prison.