In July, 2014, Conrad Roy III was encouraged by his girlfriend at the time, Michelle Carter, aged 17, to kill himself. She used a series of phone calls and texts to egg him on until he ultimately ended his life.
Roy ended up sitting in his truck in a parking lot in Fairhaven and waiting for it to fill with carbon monoxide until he died.
Evidence against his high school sweetheart has been brought up in the form of a text that she sent to her school friend, Samantha Boardman. Carter told Boardman, “I could have stopped him but I told him to get back in the car.”
Cater texted another one of her friends, Olivia Mosolgo, the day after Roy died, saying, “I was talking on the phone with him when he killed himself… I heard him die.”
After a criminal investigation was conducted, police were first made aware of Carter’s involvement in Roy’s death after they looked at his phone and found some vile text conversations between Roy and Carter.
The officers who found the conversations between the couple, Fairhaven Detective Scott Gordon, will also be testifying in this case.
The case is being tried without a jury, and a judge will deliver the verdict. The judge visited the site where Roy’s truck was found on Wednesday afternoon.
Carter, now 20, also told Boardman that she feared getting in trouble after she found out that police had Roy’s phone.
“I’m done,” Carter wrote in one text displayed in the court room. “His family will hate me and I can go to jail.” Two other friends say Carter texted them saying she was on the phone with Roy as he died. Carter also expressed remorse in a message to a friend: “I’m the only one he told things too. I should have gotten him more help,” she wrote.