Michelle Carter, 18, is facing involuntary manslaughter charges after investigators say she encouraged 18-year-old Conrad Roy to commit suicide last year.
Roy was found dead inside his truck behind a K-Mart last year. The teen had decided to kill himself and did so via carbon monoxide poisoning. After a lengthy investigation, it was revealed that Carter had “strongly influenced” Roy to kill himself.
After his body was found, police searched the teen’s cell phone and found thousands of text messages between him and Carter in the days leading to his death. The text messages continued up until the moments before he died.
“It is alleged that Ms. Carter had firsthand knowledge of Roy’s suicidal thoughts,” the district attorney’s office said. “Instead of attempting to assist him or notify his family or school officials, Ms. Carter is alleged to have strongly influenced his decision to take his own life, encouraged him to commit suicide and guided him in his engagement of activities which led to his death.”
And by encouraging Roy, they mean she basically instructed him to. Fairhaven police Detective Scott Gordon said in a police report:
“Not only did Conrad tell Carter in several of his texts prior to his death that he was scared and didn’t want to leave his family, she continued to encourage him to take his own life, and when he actually started to carry out the act, he got scared again and exited his truck, but instead of telling him to stay out of the truck … Carter told him to ‘get back in.’”
Carter was indicted on February 5 as a youthful offender, which means she will be tried in juvenile court, but her trial will be open to the public. Her bail has been set at $2,500 and she’s been ordered to stay offline unless it is for school work. Carter is scheduled to appear in New Bedford Juvenile Court for a pretrial hearing on April 17.
After Roy’s death, Carter posted messages on Facebook and Twitter expressing how much she loved and missed her friend. She also organized a softball tournament called “Homers for Conrad” to raise money for mental health awareness in honor of Roy. She also posted several messages about suicide prevention.