Judge, not jury, will confirm texting self-murder case

June 5, 2017 - Finding Carter

The hearing for a Plainville lady who is indicted of persuading a crony to kill himself after he had second thoughts is scheduled to start Tuesday.

Michelle Carter, who is charged with contingent manslaughter, has opted for a dais hearing in Bristol County Juvenile Court in a genocide of Conrad Roy III, 18, of Mattapoisett, a Bristol County District Attorney’s Office pronounced on Monday. That means that a decider alone, rather than a jury, will hear her case. Opening statements are scheduled to start during 9 a.m. Tuesday.


“The decider concluded to a invulnerability ask for a dais trial,” pronounced Gregg M. Miliote, orator for a Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. “It means a decider is now a jury. And that members of a village will not be means to confirm her shame or innocence.”

Roy died in Jul 2014 in Fairhaven from CO monoxide poisoning after he connected a generator to a truck’s empty system. Roy and Carter, who was 17 during a time, spoke by phone for 47 mins while he sat in a truck, and she allegedly told him to “get behind in” a car when he voiced doubts about holding his possess life.

Carter and Roy also allegedly exchanged a array of bizarre, unfortunate messages.

Carter was indicted in 2015. Her counsel sought to get a assign dismissed, though a youthful justice decider denied a motion. The counsel afterwards appealed a preference to a state Supreme Judicial Court.

In Jul 2016, a SJC ruled that Carter contingency mount trial, anticipating that a Bristol County grand jury had illusive means to accuse her, last that she was “personally wakeful that her control was both reprehensible and punishable.”


In a ruling, a justice found there was illusive means to uncover that “the coercive peculiarity of a defendant’s written control impressed whatever willpower a 18-year-old plant had to cope with his depression.”

“But for a defendant’s admonishments, pressure, and instructions, a plant would not have gotten behind into a lorry and tainted himself to death,” now-retired Justice Robert Cordy wrote in a ruling.

John R. Ellement can be reached during ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.

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