Michelle Carter found guilty of manslaughter in suicide-texting trial

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Michelle Carter Texting Suicide Trial

Michelle Carter is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014.


Boston Globe

Michelle Carter wasn’t with Conrad Roy III when he killed himself three years ago. But through a series of text messages and phone calls that encouraged the teen to end his life, Carter participated in his suicide.

Massachusetts judge found Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter, a decision that could set a legal precedent for online speech. The decision on Friday broke ground because a suspect’s physical presence at the scene of a death is usually a condition of the charge, but Carter wasn’t with Roy when he filled his pickup truck with carbon monoxide in July 2014. Her text messaging, however, created a virtual…

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