Woman wants statements kept out of texting suicide trial

Michelle Carter in court

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for a woman who sent her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself will argue that the jury at her manslaughter trial should not be allowed to hear about statements she made to police.

A judge has scheduled a hearing for Friday on the request from lawyers for 20-year-old Michelle Carter. She is charged in the 2014 death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III.

Roy’s body was found in his pickup truck in Fairhaven on July 13, 2014. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The case drew national attention after transcripts of text messages Carter sent to Roy were released publicly, showing her urging him to follow through on his plan to kill himself and chastising him when he expressed doubts.

Carter: “You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.”

Conrad: “I don’t get it either. I don’t know.”

Carter: “So I guess you aren’t gonna do it then. All that for nothing. I’m just confused. Like you were so ready and determined.”

Conrad: “I am gonna eventually. I really don’t know what I’m waiting for but I have everything lined up.”

Carter: “No, you’re not, Conrad. Last night was it. You kept pushing it off and you say you’ll do it, but you never do. It’s always gonna be that way if you don’t take action. You’re just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off. You just have to do it.”

Carter’s lawyer has argued that the texts are protected free speech and that she is not responsible for Roy’s suicide.

The highest court in Massachusetts ruled that a grand jury had probable cause to indict Carter based on evidence suggesting she engaged in a “systematic campaign of coercion.”

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