A MA court on Wednesday upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction handed down Michelle Carter over the 2014 suicide death of her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III.
But he did not concede defeat, vowing to "evaluate all legal options for Michelle including a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court", according to his statement. "The time is right and you're ready - just do it babe". But New Bedford Juvenile Court in Bristol County originally indicted her as a youthful offender rather than a juvenile, which meant she could be sentenced as an adult.
Carter also faces a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Roy's mother in Norfolk Superior Court.
She wrote: "You're finally going to be happy in heaven".
And Carter's lawyers had argued to the high court that no one can be convicted of manslaughter for simply instructing someone to harm themselves.
The judge said Carter, now 22, had a duty to call the police or Roy's family when she knew the 18-year-old meant to kill himself.
The judge in the Supreme Judicial Court hearing said Carter had a duty to call the police or Roy's family when she knew he was planning to kill himself.
Carter was originally convicted in 2017 and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Carter, now 22, was 17 when Roy killed himself by filling his parked truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, with carbon monoxide from a generator he had hooked up to it.
"We continue to believe that Michelle Carter did not cause Conrad Roy's tragic death, and she should not be held criminally responsible for his choice to end his own life", said Marx.
Carter and Roy both lived in MA but met in Florida in 2012 while on vacation with their families.
Conrad Roy was 18 when he died in 2014.
"We are therefore not punishing words alone, as the defendant claims, but reckless or wanton words causing death", Kafker wrote.
Initially, Carter urged Roy to seek help, but "as the victim continued researching suicide methods and sharing his findings with the defendant, the defendant helped plan how, where and when he would do so, and downplayed his fears about how his suicide would affect his family", the court wrote, citing several text exchanges. Both teens struggled with depression. Roy had previously attempted suicide, and Carter had planned to seek treatment for an eating disorder.
But the court rejected Carter's argument that she's being punished for protected free speech.
But in court documents, Carter admitted Roy's death was her fault, and that she "could have stopped him". In their appeal, Carter's attorneys said the conviction went too far in criminalizing a defendant who was not present at the scene.