Woman accused of urging boyfriend to kill himself goes on trial
- Author: Jon Douglas Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 9:28
Stories like this show just how suseptable teens can be to coersion, especially when it comes from their peers.
Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a crime that requires proof that the defendant caused the death of the alleged victim.
Roy was sitting in his pickup in a store auto park in July 2014 as the truck filled with carbon monoxide.
Carter, now 20-years-old, allegedly pushed Conrad Roy III to kill himself, the prosecution said, in a bid to gain attention for herself so she could play the role of the grief-stricken girlfriend.
The indictment was telling.
"I was on the phone talking to him when he killed himself, " Carter allegedly texted Ali Eithier. He graduated from high school in 2014 and was making plans for the future, she said. You just have to do it. Tonight is the night.
Carter's attorneys will likely argue the Plainville woman broke no law and was exercising her right to free speech.
Prosecutors say Carter sent text messages to Boardman saying, "I could have stopped him but I told him to get back in the auto". What prosecutors will have to prove this week is whether Carter's encouragement resulted in his death. According to BuzzFeed, Roy had reportedly gotten out of his vehicle after starting his suicide attempt, but Carter allegedly told him to "get back in". I couldn't do it. If they read my messages I'm done. "She listened to him as he died". So I like, started giving up because nothing I did was helping - and but I should have tried harder.
"At the end of the day I just really miss him. All I had to say was I love you and don't do this one more time, and he'd still be here".
"To a friend: "[Roy's] death was my fault. When he questioned her on the location of the tournament, she became upset and "wanted to make clear that she was getting credit" for organizing the event, Gammell testified Tuesday. I heard him die.
"My heart goes out to the family, but this was a young man who planned this for months and months", Cataldo said.
Defense attorney Joseph Cataldo said Roy previously was suicidal and Carter had talked him out of taking his life.
After only a few days of knowing each other and only one day after Roy's death, Eithier said, Carter told her her boyfriend had committed suicide-and that she had heard him do it over the phone.
Mr Roy replied: "Aww".
Carter: So I guess you aren't gonna do it then.
Though Judge Lawrence Moniz will deliver the verdict - not a jury - the prosecutor spoke emotionally and indignantly, as if speaking to a jury.
Psychiatrist Dr Peter Breggin has since said Carter was "involuntarily intoxicated" by prescribed antidepressants when she texted her boyfriend encouragement, and testified that she wouldn't have understood the impact of her actions. He added that at the time of his death, Carter was on Celexa, a treatment for depression, which can trigger side effects like irrational thinking, irritability and poor impulse control.