The text messages between teenagers Michelle Carter and Conrad Henri Roy III tell a bizarre, disturbing story.
Prosecutors say the exchanges show Carter brainstorming with Roy over the best way for him to kill himself, vowing to take care of his grieving family, and urging him to “do it today.”
Roy, 18, of Mattapoisett, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in Fairhaven on July 13, 2014.
Carter, of Plainville, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Roy’s death. She is being tried as a youthful offender and has pleaded not guilty.
A judge is considering a defense motion to have the charge against Carter thrown out.
The text message conversations, which took place between at least July 6 and July 12, 2014, were released in a motion filed by prosecutors on Aug. 21 in New Bedford Juvenile Court. Prosecutors say they are evidence that Carter encouraged her friend to end his life.
Her defense attorney, Joseph P. Cataldo, told the Globe last week that Carter’s text messages are protected by the First Amendment and that, under state law, it is not a crime to encourage another person to commit suicide.
Here are some of the exchanges between the two that have been disclosed by prosecutors in court documents.
In the first, Carter, who was 17 at the time, encourages Roy to take his own life, saying his family will understand and accept it and will eventually “get over it and move on.”
At times, Carter expresses frustration at Roy’s wavering, chastising him for not killing himself when he said he would.
The two teenagers discuss the best way for Roy to die. At one point, Carter questions Roy about his decision to use a portable generator to emit carbon monoxide into his truck.
On the day of his suicide, Roy and Carter exchange a flurry of text messages, starting with a message from Carter at 4:19 a.m. Roy expresses hesitation about killing himself, but Carter continues to pressure him, saying, “It’s time to do it today.”
Roy then goes for a walk, according to the text message conversation, but he remains concerned about his family. Carter assures him she will take care of them.
Roy goes to the beach and takes his sisters to get ice cream. He promises Carter he will “do it” when he returns.
Here are their final text messages. The last one was sent at 6:25 p.m.
At about the same time, Roy left his mother’s house and drove to the Fairhaven K-Mart parking lot, prosecutors said in the court documents.
At 6:28 p.m., he called Carter and talked to her for 43 minutes. At 7:12 p.m., he called her again. Their phones were connected for 47 minutes, prosecutors said.
He was found dead in his truck the next day.