UPDATE: News of the involuntary manslaughter charges against 18-year-old Michelle Carter is making national headlines. The teen’s trial is set to begin on October 2. Carter’s defense attorney maintains that her boyfriend “brainwashed” her into supporting his suicide plans.
New information about Carter’s text message reveal that she understood the consequences of her actions. After Roy committed suicide, Carter texted a friend, admitting “[If the police] read my messages with him I’m done. His family will hate me and I can go to jail.”
Prosecutors are painting a dark picture of Carter, claiming that she researched suicide methods, lied about Roy’s whereabouts while he committed suicide and spent a week convincing Roy to not be afraid of death.
As coverage of the young woman’s texts spread, the hashtag #JusticeForConrad has been trending across social media.
“It’s Now Or Never” and “When are you going to do it?” are just a few of the things Michelle Carter, 18, texted to her boyfriend before his suicide. Now she’s been charged with involuntary manslaughter for her involvement in his death.
Bristol County District Attorney’s Office recently released a series of texts the 18-year-old sent to Conrad Roy III prior to his taking his own life, the Huffington Post reports.
“Everyone will be sad for a while but they will get over it and move on,” read another text Carter directed to her depressed boyfriend, who was considering suicide at the time.
On July 13, 2014, 18-year-old Roy was found dead in his truck parked in a lot. The teen died of carbon monoxide poisoning via a combustion engine.
A few days before his death, police claim Carter began texting friends that she was concerned for Roy—who had gone missing—even though she was aware of his plan, PEOPLE reports.
“She continued to send similar messages to both (her friends) continuing to mislead them into believing that Conrad had already gone missing,” authorities said. “It is believed that Carter acted in this way because she was planning to continue to encourage Conrad to take his own life, so as a result she was beginning to put together a plan to get sympathy from her friends, which was evident because at this point she already started explaining that it’s her fault that Conrad is dead, even though he was still alive and speaking and texting with her regularly.”
On July 12, Carter messaged her one friend that she has called Roy and had heard a “loud noise like a motor” and someone in pain. She also messaged the friend that she stayed on the call with Roy for 20 minutes.
However, after his suicide, the 18-year-old girl also allegedly messaged the friend, “His death was my fault … he got out of the car, and I told him to get back in … because I knew he would do it all over again the next day.”
Though court documents show Carter sent Roy messages including “You have everything you need. There is no way you can fail. Tonight is the night. It’s now or never,” Defense attorney Joseph Cataldo claimed she was brainwashed by her boyfriend to encourage his suicide, South Coast Today reports.
She denied her involvement, saying she didn’t suspect anything was wrong when her phone disconnected as Roy committed suicide. Carter also told Roy’s mother days following his death that she “never tried harder at something in my life” than in attempting to stop him from killing himself.
“He was the most important person in the world to me, I saw my life with him,” Carter wrote to his mom. “I wish things could be so different now too, but you need to know that it’s not your fault. It’s hard to believe it now, and it may be for a while, but it’s something that you need to let yourself accept and believe, or else you will never truly live again. If anything, it’s my fault. And it’s something I’ll never forgive myself for. …”