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Massachusetts Court Upholds Michelle Carter's Conviction

09 February 2019

Roy died in his pickup truck from carbon monoxide poisoning - an act Carter had supported and encouraged in exchanges that came to light after Roy's death on July 13, 2014.

But he did not concede defeat, vowing to "evaluate all legal options for Michelle including a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court", according to his statement. The Bristol County District Attorney's office said it will file a motion asking the trial court to impose Carter's jail sentence now that the state high court has ruled.

"The evidence against the defendant proved that, by her wanton or reckless conduct, she caused the victim's death by suicide", the court stated in its ruling Wednesday.

Marx issued similar sentiments on Wednesday, telling The Post that the decision "stretches the law" and has "troubling implications, for free speech, due process, and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion".

Carter also faces a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Roy's mother in Norfolk Superior Court.

"This case is a tragedy for all of the people impacted by this case", Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn said in the statement.

Carter was on the phone with Roy as he inhaled carbon monoxide inside his Ford F-250 truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

Her lawyers argued Carter didn't force Roy to take his own life and that there wasn't sufficient evidence she told him to get back into the truck.

He killed himself by carbon monoxide inside a vehicle.

Testimony at Carter's 2017 trial revealed that Carter, who was not present with Roy at the time he died, was on the phone with him as he expressed doubts about his actions.

"I thought you wanted to do this".

The 22-year-old has been allowed to remain free while the court reviewed her case.

Carter and Roy both lived in MA but met in Florida in 2012 while on vacation with their families.

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The case touched on issues of suicide among teenagers as well as the legal gray area of whether someone can be convicted for another person's decision to kill himself. No more pain. It's okay to be scared and it's normal.

She said: "I knew he would do it all over again the next day and I couldn't have him live the way he was living anymore". Carter's lawyers argued she can't be convicted because of her words alone. She had, in earlier text messages, encouraged Roy to "promise" to kill himself and helped him plan the event after he abandoned earlier suicide attempts. Her attorney also told the court there was no evidence it would have made a difference if she had called for help, saying she didn't even know where his truck was parked.

"We are therefore not punishing words alone, as the defendant claims, but reckless or wanton words causing death", Kafker wrote.

Massachusetts Court Upholds Michelle Carter's Conviction