TAUNTON, Mass. - The defense has rested its case in the trial of a Plainville woman accused of encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself through a series of text messages.
Michelle Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of 18-year-old Conrad Roy.
In closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn said Carter knew what she was doing when she encouraged Roy to kill himself and tried to use him for attention.
ADA Rayburn: "[Carter] ordered him back in that car knowing what would happen."— Jessica Reyes (@jessicamreyes) June 13, 2017
Prosecutors say the then-17-year-old Carter pressured Roy to take his own life through a torrent of text messages.
They say she told Roy to "get back in" his truck when he became frightened while trying to kill himself with carbon monoxide.
Carter's attorney, Joseph Cataldo argued Roy was simply forcing Carter to be part of his second attempt.
Cataldo's main point so far: Roy wanted to kill himself long before Carter came along. Arguing he dragged MC along for his "sad journey"— Jessica Reyes (@jessicamreyes) June 13, 2017
Carter's lawyer has argued that Roy had attempted suicide previously and made his own decision to take his own life.
Judge Lawrence Moniz said he will take the statements and evidence under advisement in order to make a ruling. Once his ruling is made, Moniz said he will announce it in open court the following morning.
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