Specifically, the judge cited the fact that as Roy's truck cab filled with toxic gas, he got out of the vehicle, but was coaxed back in during a subsequent phone call with Carter, who failed to call the police, or Roy's parents, for help.
The judge ruled that Carter, now 20, can remain free on bail but ordered her not to make any contact with Roy's family and can't leave the state.
Michelle Carter has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after being charged with encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself in a series of text messages. During the trial, the prosecution showed dozens of text messages to Roy telling him to kill himself.
Carter waived her right to a jury trial.
It has been established that Carter regularly urged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to act on his suicidal thoughts, going so far as to send multiple texts when the latter appeared reluctant to carry out the act.
Carter may be sentenced with as many as 20 years in prison for her role in Roy's death.
Bristol County prosecutor Maryclare Flynn portrayed Carter as a manipulative person who enjoyed her control over the teen and hoped to win sympathy for herself among her high school friends as a result of Roy's death. She'll return to court for sentencing on August 3.
"I was talking on the phone with him when he killed himself". Instead, the court upheld the indictment for involuntary manslaughter on "the basis of words alone" and that Carter was "virtually present" at Roy's suicide. "The court finds that the conduct caused the death of Mr. Roy".
That remarkable ruling will likely be tested before a court of appeals, which will decide whether Carter actually caused Roy to die on July 12, 2014.
Roy has also attempted suicide previously, the judge noted. And finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: 'Get out of the truck.'" "She instructed Mr. Roy to get back into the truck, well knowing his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns.
Matthew Segal, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of MA, said that the verdict was a "drastic expansion of criminal law in MA". You're just making it harder on yourself by pushing it off.
According to Gutterman, one of the issues at play in Carter's trial was the issue of whether or not intent can be determined when the evidence in question is all online.
"There is no law in MA making it a crime to encourage someone, or even to persuade someone, to commit suicide", Segal added.