Judge will decide fate in Michelle Carter trial


However, Ms Carter's defence lawyer said her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, was "on this path to take his own life for years", and that his girlfriend had urged him to get treatment. 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 one, she allegedly wrote: "The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it!"

Roy was sitting in his pickup in a store vehicle park in July 2014 as the truck filled with carbon monoxide.

Image of Michelle Carter, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter, from the Reuters video.Prosecutors say the text messages and phone calls made before and during the suicide prove that Carter persuaded Roy to kill himself.

Carter's and Roy's ages and their relationship also would be critical, experts say, and Carter could argue that the text messages, although harrowing, are how teenagers communicate. Jury selection is set to begin Monday, Ju.

She has asked a judge to rule on the case, rather than a jury of her peers.

While Carter was a juvenile when she was charged, she will be subject to adult punishment if convicted.

Roy family members react when crime-scene photos are projected, during the opening day of the trial of Michelle Carter on Monday in Taunton District Court. "It was Conrad Roy's idea to take his own life, it was not Michelle Carter's idea". Text messages showed that Roy had come up with the idea to die by inhaling carbon monoxide, which prompted Carter to provide technical advice.

"No more pushing it off", she allegedly wrote.

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According to a court filing, Roy had a history of mental illness and had previously tried to kill himself.

There were no signs he was going to kill himself hours later, she said.

Fairhaven Police Officer David Correia also testified Tuesday, recalling the moments when he discovered Roy's body in his truck after his mother reported him missing. He says Carter was not responsible for his death.

Roy had tried to take his life in 2012 and several times after that, according to the defense attorney, and, in the run-up to his suicide, Roy was researching easy ways to find poisons, carbon monoxide poisoning and "quickest ways to kill yourself".

Earlier on during the opening statements, the state wasted no time describing Carter as calculated and cold-blooded by using Roy's death to get attention for herself.

The trial started this week for Michelle Carter, a MA woman accused of urging her boyfriend to commit suicide as he sat in his truck filling it with carbon monoxide.

"It's very rare to have the situation where it seems that someone is trying to deliberately encourage someone to commit suicide", said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA who has written about issues of free speech.

"She never admitted to anyone in the Roy family that she had helped Conrad for weeks to devise a suicide plan, or that she was on the phone with Conrad and knew he committed suicide in the Kmart parking lot", Flynn said. "There are hundreds of these searches", defense attorney Joseph Cataldo said.