Michelle Carter trial shows two divergent views of teen who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself.
Michelle Carter, 20, broke down in tears at Taunton Trial Court in Massachusetts, as she took the stand to tell Judge Lawrence Moniz she was happy for him to decide the case.
Carter has been charged over the 2014 death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III who was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pick-up truck.
Prosecutors released chilling transcripts of text messages Carter — then 17 — is said to have sent to Roy.
In one, she allegedly wrote: “The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!”
Carter’s lawyer has argued the texts are protected by free speech.
He’s also said that Roy was depressed and had previously tried to kill himself
The court heard that Carter and Roy exchanged more than 20,000 text messages — with more than 1,000 of those messages sent in the days leading up to Roy’s death.
Prosecutors say of those, dozens were text messages urging him to take his own life.
Carter’s lawyer argue that she tried repeatedly to talk him out of it and only began to support the “suicide” plan when it became clear he would not change his mind.
In the hour before his death, it’s claimed he was on the phone with Carter for 47 minutes, at one point telling her he was getting out of the truck because he feared “it wasn’t working.”
“The car was filling up, and he was scared,” said prosecutor MaryClare Flynn. “She told him to get back in the car.”
Days before the suicide, prosecutors say Carter wrote: “Don’t be scared. You’re finally to be happy in Heaven.
“When are you going to do it? Stop ignoring the question???? You can’t keep push [sic] it off “. prosecutors claimed Carter texted Roy.