Local

Teenager lands in jail for luring boyfriend to death

Teenager lands in jail for luring boyfriend to death”

The judge said that the 18-year-old Roy grew fearful as the truck filled with lethal gas, told Carter he was scared and attempted to exit, according to the Associated Press . He locked himself in his garage with his truck engine running and died of suffocation from carbon monoxide.

"This court finds that instructing Mr. Roy to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct", said Judge Lawrence Moniz.

Ms. Carter said she would look like a "fool" if Mr. Roy did not kill himself. Her family was also there as well as the parents of Roy.

In the Judge's ruling, he outlined that it was both Carter's actions and inaction which led to her guilty verdict. The judge said that though Carter knew Roy was in trouble, she took no action. A conviction of involuntary manslaughter can carry a sentence up to 20 years in prison, however, it is unlikely that Carter will receive a maximum sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for August 3.

At the time, Carter was 17 years old, and she sent hundreds of chilling text messages that encouraged (and later, demanded for) Roy to kill himself. Though Carter initially encouraged Roy to get help for his suicidal thoughts, she eventually egged him on. "The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it!" to him, and at one point, when the teen got scared and exited his vehicle, Carter told him to "get back in" the auto.

He pointed to a text to Carter in which Roy wrote, "There is nothing anyone can do to make me want to live".

"The wrinkle here is whether she coerced him or pressured him into doing something that he wasn't in a position to rationally and autonomously decide to do because he was in such a depressive state", said Daniel Medwed, professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern University. Moniz said that, and the fact that Roy could have tried again, was immaterial.

Carter did not call any members of Roy's family or the police, despite knowing his location and that he was at risk, Moniz said.

Michelle Carter, who was 17 when she committed the crime, was talking to her then-boyfriend via text during a suicide attempt.

The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the conviction, saying it "exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections" guaranteed by the MA and US constitutions. "This was a suicide-a sad and tragic suicide, but not a homicide".

Earlier in the trial, a psychiatrist testified that Carter was delusional after becoming "involuntarily intoxicated" by antidepressants. Records show a lengthy text message history between Roy and his girlfriend Michelle Carter, in which Carter repeatedly urges him to commit suicide.

What do you think of the verdict? "You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off, you just have to do it".

"Phones allow you to be virtually present", Rayburn said in concluding remarks. They remained in frequent contact through emails and text messages but rarely met in person.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


17 June 2017
Climate efforts expected to keep U.S. goals on track
But one of the reasons coal production in the US has fallen is due to the increased use of low-priced natural gas. David Ige , shown here in 2014, has signed a bill to implement goals of the Paris Agreement in his state.

17 June 2017
Putin: Proposed US sanctions result of internal American politics
President Donald Trump's desire for warmer relations with Moscow, the Senate backed the measure by 98-2. In a move that could complicate U.S.

17 June 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Seeks to Soften Policy Towards Russia
The two senators who voted against the measure were Republicans Rand Paul, Ky., and Mike Lee, Utah. In order for the new Senate bill to become law, it must still pass the U.S.

17 June 2017
British Airways to resume full flight schedule
The Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement on Sunday highlighting the protections for passengers under by European Union law. An airline spokeswoman said, per Press Association: "We have operated a full schedule at Gatwick today on Sunday".

17 June 2017
BlackRock Inc. Purchases 6021944 Shares of JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (JBHT)
California Public Employees Retirement Systems accumulated 191,500 shares or 0.01% of the stock. 1,894 are owned by Apriem Advsrs. Jpmorgan Chase And owns 2.71 million shares for 0.05% of their portfolio. (JBHT) stake by 26.87% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing.

17 June 2017
President Trump confirms he is being investigated over Comey firing
If that is the case, it could be part of what appears to be a pattern of statements that are meant to back the president. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.

17 June 2017
Sturgeon 'won't be rushed' into referendum decisions
Opposition parties have urged the Scottish Government to ditch plans for another independence referendum, branding it a damaging threat to the economy.

17 June 2017
Attacker uses hammer on Paris police officers near Notre Dame
President Emmanuel Macron has announced he will create a special task force to better coordinate the fight against terrorism. France remains in a state of emergency after a series of deadly attacks by jihadis across the country since January 2015.

17 June 2017
Is Real Madrid's Álvaro Morata the right man for Manchester United?
Despite his limited opportunities, Morata continued to score regularly when given a chance, netting 15 league goals last season. However, it appears Jose Mourinho's side are leading the charge with the Red Devils in pole position to complete his signing.

17 June 2017
Casey looks to reel in Fowler
Still to be determined was who made it to the weekend, and where the cut would fall. 1, 2 and 3 all missed the cut in a major. Harris English, who is 4 under after a second-round 69, said the greens on his last few holes "were firming up".