‘It’s now or never’: Texts reveal teen’s efforts to pressure boyfriend into …

2 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Michelle Carter: Teenager ‘pressured boyfriend to kill himself by sending him hundreds of text messages’.

Carter had allegedly asked Roy in a text to delete her messages before he killed himself in a supermarket car park in Fairhaven, Massachusetts in July last year.That’s what prosecutors are arguing in the case of Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts teen who is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the suicide of her online boyfriend Conrad Roy III.A hearing at the New Bedford Juvenile Court in Bristol County Massachusetts has been told of hundreds of text messages between the pair, many of which appear to show her encouraging Mr Roy to “just do it” when he told her he was going to end his life. You’re ready and prepared.” Police said Roy, 18, killed himself by carbon monoxide poisoning when he ran a gas-powered water pump inside his pickup truck at a Kmart in Fairhaven that night.

According to prosecutors, Carter pressured her boyfriend to go through with suicide for almost a week before he carried out the act, the Washington Post reported. She is believed to have counselled him to overcome his fears, researched methods of committing suicide painlessly and lied to police, his family and her friends about his whereabouts. They made the texts — dated July 6 to July 12 — public as they fight a motion by Carter’s lawyer to dismiss her indictment, The Standard-Times of New Bedford reported. “You have everything you need,” she wrote him at one point, assuring him that his parents would move on from his death. “There is no way you can fail. Carter told him to ‘get back in.” Carter, who organised a charity softball tournament in Conrad’s memory, tweeted that the fund-raiser, called Homers for Conrad, pulled in more than $2,300 for mental health awareness. It’s now or never.” She also discussed how the Mattapoisett teen who had previously tried to take his own life should do it; they discussed the pros and cons of using a pump, a generator and other means, prosecutors said.

You just fall asleep and die.” Roy wrote her the last text message in his phone and spoke with her twice, for roughly 45 minutes each time, in the hours before his death, according to the indictment. Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued last week that the teenager, who was then 17, was getting help for her own issues in an area hospital when Roy “brainwashed” her into aiding his suicide.

They know how sad you are, and they know that you are doing this to be happy and I think they will understand and accept it.” In the new messages, the two discuss what would happen after his death. Ms Carter has claimed that she was “brainwashed” by Mr Roy and that it was him who encouraged her to commit suicide, in a “Romeo and Juliet” style pact.

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