Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Criminal Charges in Text-Assisted Suicide Case

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Criminal Charges in Text-Assisted Suicide Case

‘I love you. Kill yourself’

In the days before Conrad Roy III took his own life, Michelle Carter exploited his “frailties” by twisting words of affection into brutally cold directives, prosecutors said Friday.

“She turned [their conversations] into: ‘I love you. Kill yourself,’ ” Bristol Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn said during the fourth day of Carter’s involuntary manslaughter trial in Bristol Juvenile Court. “She knew he had social anxiety, was depressed and she knew his frailties. She also knew what it was like herself to be lonely.”

Prosecutors say that Carter pressured Roy through dozens of text messages to kill himself in July 2014. But Carter’s lawyer said Friday that Roy, 18, was a deeply troubled teenager, and that Carter was not responsible for his death.

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