One 18 year old girl who encouraged her boyfriend to take his own life has been charged by police.
Michelle Carter is now facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, and on Monday, appeared in court in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Thousands of messages between her and her boyfriend Conrad Roy were read out, and in them, she is actively convincing him that suicide is the only option.
Since the texts were made public, the hashtag #JusticeForConrad has gone viral, with plenty of people taking to Twitter to express their horror and disgust at the messages.
— Said Nassar ⚯͛ (@its_sigh_id) August 29, 2015
I'm glad this story is reaching so many people. Hopefully it makes it so that something like this can never happen again. #justiceforconrad
— Bigdog Curtis (@ZachPerry13) August 31, 2015
— r2r (@thekidriss) August 30, 2015
In one of the most damning texts, she says: ‘You said you were gonna do it. I don’t get like why you aren’t’.
Carter was on the phone to Roy while he died, and reportedly told a friend to listen to his cries of pain.
Her defence team point to the fact that this was not the first time Roy had tried to commit suicide, and that he had a history of depression.
Carter is back in court on October 2nd, when a judge will decide if the charges should be dropped. Should the charges hold up, she will be tried as an adult, and faces up to 20 years in prison.
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