Her case is now a cautionary tale in the era of cyberbullying, a dark example that bullying text messages from one disturbed teen to another can, indeed, have very real, very serious effects that can constitute criminal activity.
She did not issue a simple additional instruction: Get out of the truck, the judge said.
WATCH: Carter sobbed as the verdict was handed down.
Carter may be sentenced with as many as 20 years in prison for her role in Roy’s death. She also sat on the phone with him while he inhaled the gases that suffocated him.
She is scheduled to be sentenced on August 3rd.
Carter was tried in juvenile court because she sent the texts as a 17-year-old.
He was found dead in his truck July 2014 in a MA K-Mart parking lot.
“I don’t think there is sufficient proof of causation”, Bailey said yesterday. She told him to get back in the vehicle.
Carter also told Ms Boardman she was anxious about what investigators would find on Roy’s phone.
He pointed to a text to Carter in which Roy wrote, “There is nothing anyone can do to make me want to live”.
Roys father said outside court that the family was pleased with the conviction.
Conrad Roy Jr issuing the family statement.
Judge Moniz determined that Carter’s actions were “wanton and reckless conduct”, and that though she was not present with Roy, she created “a situation where there [was] a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to Mr. Roy”.
Medwed said the judge could consider Carter “morally blameworthy”, but “moral blame doesn’t always equal legal accountability”.
Matthew Segal, the ACLUs legal director for MA, called Roys suicide tragic but said, It is not a reason to stretch the boundaries of our criminal laws or abandon the protections of our constitution..
The judge’s decision surprised many legal experts, who had said that, despite the callousness of Carter’s conduct, the case presented a stiff challenge to prosecutors because MA, unlike dozens of other states, has no law against encouraging suicide.
Conard Roy’s body was found in a parking lot in Fairhaven by police. You need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe. “Like I don’t get why you aren’t”, Carter wrote. They remained in frequent contact through emails and text messages but rarely met in person.
Defense attorney Joseph Cataldo says “we’re disappointed” with the guilty verdict.
Carter, 20, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Friday, June 16 for the 2014 death of her friend. In another exchange, Carter told Roy she would look like a “fool” if he didn’t kill himself perhaps because she’d been telling people her boyfriend was suicidal.