When words become a weapon, 48 Hours presents a new documentary about Michelle Carter whose messages encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself
Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman sent to jail for encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life, was denied early release, the state's parole board announced Friday. She has served seven months of a 15-month sentence for her role in the 2014 death of Conrad Roy.
In a June 2017 interview with "48 Hours," Roy's mother, Lynn Roy, said she doesn't believe Carter "has a conscience."SBC New's 48 Hours presents a documentary revealing the point details of this case.
Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017. Roy, 18, took his life after Carter, then 17, told him over the phone and via text to get into his carbon monoxide-filled truck.
"The [board] is troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged Mr. Conrad to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide," the Massachusetts Parole Board said in its decision. "Ms. Carter's self-serving statements and behavior, leading up to and after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity."
The board said Carter's release was "not compatible" with the best interests of society and that her appeal failed to justify her "lack of empathy" for the crime.
Carter's attorneys have argued her texts were constitutionally protected free speech. The state Supreme Judicial Court disagreed, upholding her conviction in February.
Roy who suffered depression and suicidal thoughts detailed his mental health struggles to Carter many times leading up to his death on July 12, 2014. She sent him dozens of texts from more than 30 miles away encouraging and forcing him to kill himself and "get back in" his truck, despite his apprehensions.
"You keep pushing it off and say you'll do it but u never do. It's always gonna be that way if u don't take action," Carter texted him on the day he died.
Here is the vidoe with reading of disturbing texts Carter sent to her boyfriend.