Read the texts at the center of the Massachusetts teen suicide case
The trial for Michelle Carter, a young woman accused of persuading a friend to kill himself, is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Bristol County Juvenile Court.
Carter, a Plainville resident who is charged with involuntary manslaughter, has opted for a bench trial in the death of Conrad Roy III, 18, of Mattapoisett.
Roy died in July 2014 from carbon monoxide poisoning after he connected a generator to a truck’s exhaust system.
Roy and Carter, who was 17 at the time, interacted via text message leading up to the event. The pair also spoke by phone for 47 minutes while he sat in the truck, and she allegedly told him to “get back in” the vehicle when he expressed doubts about taking his own life.
Carter’s attorney previously told the Globe 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.
As opening statements in the trial are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, here’s a look back at the texts at the center of the case, which were previously disclosed by prosecutors in court documents.
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.
John R. Ellement, Jan Ransom, and Catherine Cloutier contributed to this report.