Update: Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Friday, June 16, in the suicide of Conrad Roy.
TAUNTON — Michelle Carter encouraged her friend Conrad Roy III, sometimes aggressively, to kill himself, in a bizarre and disturbing series of texts introduced by prosecutors at Carter’s trial.
Throughout 2014, the two debated means of committing suicide, discussing the level of pain one might endure and the likelihood that the attempt would be successful, according to the text messages shown in court.
But closer in time to when Roy killed himself, the conversations were about Roy ending his own life, conversations in which Carter sometimes expressed annoyance that he was still alive.
The following day, the conversation continued.
For several days, Carter pressured Roy about killing himself, text messages show, and in one exchange, Carter expressed frustration that he was still alive.
Roy backed off killing himself again, triggering a harsh response from Carter.
He replied by saying he wanted to die quickly and with minimal pain.
Roy tried to overdose on Nyquil and Tylenol, both of which are over-the-counter medications.
The next day, Carter brought up suicide again.
She urged Roy to take 10 Benadryls and a bottle of Tylenol.
After Roy expressed reservations once again, Carter made some suggestions.
Two days later came this exchange:
Roy committed suicide on July 12, 2014, by carbon monoxide poisoning after he connected a generator to his truck’s exhaust. Prosecutors alleged that Carter was on the phone with him at the time.
Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Bristol Juvenile Court on Friday.Jan Ransom and John Ellement contributed to this report. Ransom can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Jan_Ransom. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.