FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) – A Massachusetts teenage girl, who has been accused of allegedly encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
According to Fairhaven police, Conrad Roy III took his own life, but not before having second thoughts about it.
Michelle Carter, the boy’s girlfriend, was the last person to text Roy before he killed himself.
Investigators said the conversations between the two, at the very least, did not help coax the teen out of committing suicide.
The 18-year-old died of carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in his truck behind a K-Mart last July in Fairhaven.
Carter claimed that she loved her boyfriend, yet lied to her friends about knowing the whereabouts of Roy who was missing.
Before lying to a friend claiming she hoped Roy was still alive, she texted him and said, “let me know when you’re gonna do it.”
Roy had a history of depression and has attempted to commit suicide before, according to family members.
Carter also never called 911, but instead continued to text her friends trying to get sympathy. She also sent messages to Roy’s mother after his death.
“I tried talking him out of it so many times,” said Carter in a text message to Roy’s mother. “And telling him how we would always be together and he wanted that, but he thought he would never truly be happy with himself.”
However, detectives found a text she sent to a friend back in September contradicting what was written to Roy’s mother.
“His death was my fault like honestly I could have stopped him,” said Carter in a text message to a friend. “I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car because it was working and he was scared and I [expletive] told him to get back in.”
Carter, who was 17 at the time, will be tried as an adult in juvenile court.
She is scheduled to appear in court April 17.