The Massachusetts woman who convinced her teenaged boyfriend to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning – a move that prosecutors painted as a ploy to get attention from friends and family — has been found guilty of manslaughter.
20-year-old Carter, who was only 17 when she pushed 18-year-old Conrad Roy III to kill himself by inhaling carbon monoxide in his pickup truck back in 2014, was largely convicted thanks to the dozens and dozens of intimate text messages that were sent between the young couple.
In one particularly chilling exchange, Roy expressed his hesitation in ending his life: “I’m overthinking,” he told Carter.
“I thought you wanted to do this,” she replied. “The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it! You can’t keep living this way. You just need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe. You can’t keep doing this every day.”
Carter was not present when Roy ultimately took his life, but the court found that her actions leading up to his untimely death were enough to warrant a manslaughter conviction.
“She admits in … texts that she did nothing: she did not call the police or Mr. Roy’s family” once she realized he was on the verge of death, Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz said while explaining his verdict. “And, finally, she did not issue a simple instruction: Get out of the truck.”
“This court has found that Carter’s actions and failure to act where it was her self-created duty to Roy since she put him in that toxic environment constituted reckless conduct,” he continued. “The court finds that the conduct caused the death of Mr. Roy.”
Roy’s family expressed gratitude that justice had been served: “This has been a very tough time for our family, and we would just like to process this verdict we are happy with,” said father Conrad Roy Jr.
Carter faces up to 20 years in prison, although a lengthy sentence is unlikely. She was also ordered to have no contact with the family, is prohibited from obtaining the passport, and cannot leave Massachusetts without permission from a judge.