Teen Faces 20 Years for Eencouraging her Friend to Commit Suicide

Michelle Carter, 18, was charged in February with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Roy, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts last July. She faces 20 years behind bars if convicted.  Police and prosecutors say the pair, who had met on vacation and attended different high schools, exchanged more than 1,000 text messages in the days and hours leading up to his death. But the night before he died, she texted a friend saying: ‘I’m losing all hope that he’s even alive.’

Meanwhile she also allegedly messaged Roy: ‘Let me know when you’re gonna do it.’ According to the police report: ‘When he actually started to carry out the act, he got scared again and exited his truck, but instead of telling him to stay out of the truck… Carter told him to “get back in”.’

His body was found in the truck after his parents reported him missing, and police found the text messages after looking through his phone.  But after his death, Carter expressed her heartbreak on her Twitter page and even organized a suicide prevention fundraiser in his name. Carter will appear in juvenile court on June 9 for a pretrial hearing.


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