In a shocking verdict this morning, Michelle Carter was found guilty in the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, who committed suicide following her constant encouragement via text message. Following the court victory, Roy’s father confessed the “tough time” the family had, while her attorney and the prosecutors also spoke out about the case. Click through Radar’s gallery to find out the reaction of the parties involved in the Teen Text Killer trial.
Roy’s father spoke after the guilty verdict, saying: “I would like to say how thankful we are to Judge Moniz and to the prosecution team.” He gave a statement on behalf of Roy’s relatives. “This has been a very tough time for our family and we would like to just process this verdict that we’re happy with."
Carter’s defense attorney, Joseph Cataldo, said he was “disappointed,” by the verdict.
Assistant District Attorneys Katie Rayburn and Maryclare Flynn spoke after the verdict, saying: “Although we are very pleased with the verdict, in reality there are no winners here today.” They presented thousands of text messages during the trial that showed Carter encoured Roy to kill himself in July 2014.
Prosecutors described the case, saying: “Conrad, an 18-year-old boy, is dead and a young woman is now convicted of causing his death. Two families are torn apart and will be affected by this for years to come.” They also said: “We fervently hope that today’s guilty verdict will bring some measure of justice to the friends and family of Conrad and provide them with some opportunity for closure.”
“This has been an emotionally draining process for everyone involved,” prosecutors said after the verdict. Carter cried in court as Judge Moniz found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Roy’s death. “In the end, the case was really about one young man and one young woman who were brought together by tragic circumstances,” the prosecutors explained. “The evidence clearly shows but not for the actions of Michelle Carter, Conrad Roy would still have been alive on the morning of July 13, 2014.
The official verdict from the court read: “This court, having considered and weighed all of the evidence presented, and having applied the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to said evidence, now find the defendant, Michelle Carter, guilty on the indictment charging her with involuntary manslaughter of Conrad Roy III. This court further finds, as to said indictment, that the Commonwealth has proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Michelle Carter is a youthful offender, as that term is defined...and she is a judged to be a youthful offender on this date.”
Carter was scheduled to be sentenced on August 3, 2017 for the involuntary manslaughter crime. Stay with Radar for updates to the story. We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 800-344-9598 any time, day or night.