McGovern: Judge's ruling finds Michelle Carter's words killed Conrad Roy

The Latest Texting suicide verdict to be announced Friday

The Latest Texting suicide verdict to be announced Friday

The prosecution asked for Carter's bail to be revoked, but Moniz allowed her to remain out on bail until her sentencing on August 3.

Three years ago, in July of 2014, Roy hooked up a hose to his truck that pumped carbon monoxide into the cab. Judge Lawrence Moniz is deliberating Carter's fate following a jury-waived trial that provided a disturbing look at teen depression and suicide.

"They know how sad you are and they know that you're doing this to be happy, and I think they will understand and accept it".

When 18-year-old Mr Roy had second thoughts, she sent him a message saying: "Just do it, babe". After she knew that he'd passed away, Carter did not tell his family that he'd killed himself, nor did she call police. "Get back in", Carter told Roy, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died. She was then convicted of involuntary manslaugher.

When Conrad expressed uncertainty, she said she felt "played" and promised to help his family through his death. Carter also allegedly texted Roy telling him to "get back in" to his auto prior to his death, after he reportedly texted her expressing hesitancy and worry. When he became sick because of the fumes, he stepped out of the truck, at which point Carter reportedly ordered him to "get back in". Prosecutors said, when he left the truck, Carter instructed him to "get back in", which eventually caused his death.

The court heard more than 20,000 text messages exchanges were made - with more than 1,000 of those messages sent in the days leading up to Roy's death.

YouTube/CBS Evening NewsThe court finds Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Woman is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter...

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Michelle Carter, who was 17 when she committed the crime, was talking to her then-boyfriend via text during a suicide attempt.

He said that although the suicide was tragic, it was not a homicide.

"I don't think there is sufficient proof of causation", Bailey said yesterday.

Matthew Segal, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of MA, said that while Roy's death was a "terrible tragedy", it was "not a reason to stretch the boundaries of our criminal laws or abandon the protections of our constitution".

The judge said he did not take into account in his verdict Roys previous attempts at suicide. At no time did she tell him to seek help for his feelings about killing himself, but instead talked about the different ways to do it.

This case has been one to watch because it's uncharted territory that raises the question of whether someone could kill someone just through words and encouragement... and whether those words are constitutionally protected speech. Furthermore, Massachusetts - where the trial took place - is distinct from many other states because it doesn't have any laws preventing people from encouraging others to commit suicide.

CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos said that the judge's verdict is concerning "because it reflects a judicial willingness to expand legal liability for another person's suicide, an act which by definition is a completely independent choice".

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