A girl (18) who allegedly encouraged her boyfriend to take his life will face a charge of involuntary manslaughter at the high court of Massachusetts on Friday. According to the court, there is enough substantial evidence to charge Michelle Carter after she apparently encouraged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy (18), to take his own life via instant messaging two years ago. Michelle was 17 at the time. Amongst other things Michelle told Conrad: “Tonight is the night. It's now or never,” and “You're finally going to be happy in heaven.”
State prosecutors maintain that Michelle’s messages were the push that Conrad needed in order to take his own life.
He eventually committed suicide in the parking lot of a shopping centre in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Shortly after his death Michelle’s chilling text messages came to light.
Michelle’s legal team say that her messages form part of her right to freedom of speech and that it didnt cause Conrad’s death.
They also maintain that Michelle had initially tried to stop him him from doing it and only started encouraging him after it became clear that he was going ahead anyway.
The New York Daily News report that the courts are not determining whether or not Michelle is guilty but to rather whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
Besides for the text messages state prosecutors are also focusing on the telephone conversations which the pair had while he was sitting in his car shortly before his death.
While his car filled up with carbon monoxide, Conrad is believed to have called Michelle and told he was scared to go ahead with it. According to reports, she flat out told him to get back into his car.
The couple met two years before Conrad’s death but according to court documents they only saw each other a few times because their relationship consisted mostly of text messages and emails.
Gregg Miliote, a spokesperson for Bristol’s district attorney’s office, said that they appreciate the fact that the courts have decided to charge Michelle in spite of her appeal.
Greg added that they will now focus on preparing for the trial.
Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News, Inquisitr.com