The prosecution claimed Carter, then 17, was reckless and caused his death by telling Roy to get back in the auto even though they say he didn't want to die.
Text messages sent by Carter after Roy's death implied she listened to Roy die over the phone and convinced him to go through with the suicide when he got cold feet.
The American Civil Liberties Union has denounced as unconstitutional the manslaughter conviction of a woman who sent her suicidal boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself.
A MA woman was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a judge Friday ruled a barrage of text messages led to her boyfriend's suicide. "Like I don't get why you aren't", Carter wrote in a text to Roy the day he died.
Moniz set Carter free on bail until her sentencing on August 3. She was allowed to remain free on bail until then because she was a teenager at the time of the suicide. "What we see with social media and modern media is a real vagueness. did [Carter] really want [Roy] to kill himself?"
But when the carbon monoxide began to choke the life out of him, she was "virtually present" at the scene, according to the judge - holding the door shut and callously listening as he took his last painful breath.
The idea that she actually caused her boyfriend's death is the key element of involuntary manslaughter, the crime Carter stands convicted of.
It is not clear when the judge will issue his verdict. "You just keep pushing it off to another night and say you'll do it but you never do". "Instructing Mr. Roy to get back in the truck constituted wanton and reckless conduct, creating a situation where there's a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result". When he became sick because of the fumes, he stepped out of the truck, at which point Carter reportedly ordered him to "get back in".
"There is no law in MA making it a crime to encourage someone, or even to persuade someone, to commit suicide".
Further to this, they accused Carter of being on the phone to Roy in the moments before his passing. In response to the prosecution's statements about the impact of Carter's messages, the defense remarked that Roy had depression, and had allegedly attempted suicide on a previous occasion.