Hold the phone!
You may have heard about the Massachusetts teenager who was charged with involuntary manslaughter after allegedly convincing her boyfriend to kill himself via text message. Well, now Michelle Carter‘s defense team is claiming that the 17-year-old was “brainwashed” into helping Conrad Roy III commit suicide. What the what?!
Her lawyer Joseph P. Cataldo explained:
“She says, ‘Okay, if you’re going to do it, good luck and look down from Heaven upon me.’ She didn’t want him to do it at first. It was only upon his repeated statements and telling her, ‘I want to do this,’ that she then endorsed his idea.”
We don’t know about this one. Didn’t the deceased state that he had changed his mind in their phone conversation?!
However, it appears Ms. Carter’s legal team is defending that there is no evidence that Michelle caused the late Fairhaven, MA resident’s death.
“Suicide is personal. Nobody can get you to kill yourself if you don’t want to kill yourself.”
Whoa! That’s a pretty bold statement to be making about mental illness. Do you have a credible source to back up those claims?!
In order to further prove their defense, Michelle’s team has chosen to highlight two instances where Conrad reportedly asked her to make a suicide pact.
“He actually said to her, in a text message, ‘Let’s do a Romeo and Juliet. We’re not going to end up dead.’ After that, he again asked her, ‘Will you do this with me?’ And she said, ‘No, I want to live.’ He tried on two occasions to get her to kill herself with him and she rejected that.”
Hmm. It’ll be inneresting to discover if these claims are true.
Welp, that’s up to the judge to decide as Cataldo’s since filed a claim to dismiss the entire case! It’s said we’ll have a decision by October 2.
Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family during this trying time.
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