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Michelle Carter faces involuntary manslaughter charges for the death of Conrad Roy III. Police say the high school teenager is accused of encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Examiner. Investigators say the death may have been prevented.
Police said Conrad Roy killed himself in his grandfather’s F250 pickup truck last July. Police found a gas water pump in the back seat with the power switch in the ‘on’ position. It was parked near a K-Mart in Fairhaven.
According to police records, a friend indicated Roy wrote her long notes about depression and suicidal thoughts and said, “my negative thoughts are eating me alive.”
Roy was a baseball player and rower who studied hard, but his family worried about him.
“We thought he was actually pulling out of it. We thought maybe it was more hopeful. ‘Cause he hadn’t been depressed for a few years,” said Roy’s grandmother, Janice Roy.
It appeared to be suicide, but police investigated and found he had exchanged text messages with that friend, 18-year-old Michelle Carter of Plainville, who has described herself as his girlfriend.
After Roy’s death, police said Carter, a senior at King Philip High School, started a fund to raise money for mental illness. She was indicted by a grand jury three weeks ago and then was arrested and arraigned.
“Miss Carter is alleged to have strongly influenced his decision to take his own life, encouraged him to commit suicide, and guided him in his engagement of activities which led to his death,” said Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County DA.
Records indicated Michelle Carter texted with Conrad Roy III during his suicide and spoke with him on the phone, according to The Inquisitr. At one point when Roy texted he was scared to end it all and left the pickup, she reportedly told him to “get back in.”
“How anybody could be that low,” said Roy’s grandfather, Conrad Roy Sr. He owns seven tug boats and said he was proud of Conrad, who got his captain’s license at 18.
“To know there was a chance that he could have, you know, pulled out of this? And she said get back in the truck? I mean, you know, that is just unbelievable,” he said.
The documents indicated Michelle Carter sent a friend a message saying she urged Conrad Roy III to go through with his plan because if he didn’t, she worried “he would do it all over again.”
“I’m angry but it’s just bringing things back again and it’s really hard,” said Janice Roy.
Michelle Carter hosted a fundraiser after Conrad Roy III’s suicide and posted photos, but Roy’s best friend told police he thought she just wanted attention.
Now, police have hundreds of emails, including those that Carter sent to friends where she expressed regret and said she was afraid she might be arrested, notes South Coast Today.
Michelle Carter is free on $2,500 cash bail.