Massachusetts teen Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the tragic suicide death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, after she sent him thousands of text messages that encouraged him to kill himself. Her trial began on June 6, 2017, and RadarOnline.com has details of the shocking testimony inside the courtroom. Click through the gallery to watch the prosecutor describe what Carter did and see the emotional testimony from the victim’s mother.
WATCH THE PROSECUTION’S OPENING STATEMENTS: Carter was 17 at the time that Roy, 18, committed suicide in 2014. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in his truck in a Kmart parking lot, with a generator by his side. Carter texted him before, and spoke with him during his march to death. Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn told the court that there were 20,000 text messages related to the case. “Conrad got out of his truck as he was being poisoned and he got scared and the defendant 'f***ing told him to get back in,'” Rayburn described in a video from www.WPRI.com 2 Eyewitness News.
Conrad’s mother, Lynn Roy, was the first witness to testify and said she called her son, “Coco.” She said he had spent the day with her at the beach before he killed himself. Lynn said she "Didn’t feel like anything was unusual,” that day. “I knew he was depressed, but I thought he was doing great,” she told the court.
Lynn Roy told the prosecutor that Carter texted her repeatedly after her son’s death and asked if she could come to their home and look through his belongings. She said that Carter never told her about the numerous text messages she sent to her son while he was considering suicide. She also testified that Carter asked for Conrad’s suicide note, but that had been given to the police. After the funeral, Carter sent Lynn a text that said "You were so strong today."
The prosecution showed horrifying photos of Roy’s body slumped over the driver’s seat in the truck after his death. His mother and other family members wept as the photos were presented. One of Carter’s text messages to Roy before he took his own life said, ” “You can’t think about. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.”
"When are you going to do it? Stop ignoring the question???? You can't keep push sic it off," Carter wrote to Roy before his death. Another message read, "I thought you wanted to do this. This 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 the last time and not think about it and just do it, babe. You can't keep doing this every day,"
Carter’s defense attorney said that he would present evidence that showed she was taking 5-10mg of Celexa and was depressed and cutting herself. He argued that she was “involuntarily intoxicated,” by anti-depressants that should not have been prescribed to a teenager and that she had been telling Roy not to commit suicide, but “had a break,” and then sent the text messages encouraging him to do so.
“All you need to do is turn on the generator and you will be free and happy,” another text message from Carter to Roy stated, referring to his suicide in his car. Carter waived her rights to a jury trial and Judge Lawrence Moniz would render the verdict. Stay with Radar for updates to the story. We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at email@example.com, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.