Michelle Carter, charged with involuntary manslaughter in texting suicide case, due in court

Friday 14 October 2016 07:30
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Carter was 17 when she sent persistent texts to her boyfriend encouraging him to take his own life
Carter was 17 when she sent persistent texts to her boyfriend encouraging him to take his own life

A Massachusetts woman charged with involuntary manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself is due in court.

Lawyers for 20-year-old Michelle Carter are expected to argue Friday that a jury should not be allowed to hear about statements Carter made to police.

Carter is charged in the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III. Roy's body was found in his pickup truck in Fairhaven. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carter's lawyers have argued that Roy had a history of depression and that Carter did not cause Roy to kill himself.

The state's Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a grand jury had probable cause to indict Carter for involuntary manslaughter based on evidence suggesting that she engaged in a "systematic campaign of coercion."

A trial date has not yet been set.

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