A Massachusetts teenager was facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself.
Conrad Roy, 18, died of carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in his truck behind a K-Mart last summer in Fairhaven, according to Boston TV station WBZ-TV.
Roy’s cell phone was found next to his body and showed he had been text messaging with his girlfriend Michelle Carter right up until his death, the station reported.
Investigators told the station that at one point Roy started to back out of the suicide, saying he did not want to leave his family and got out of the truck.
Carter texted Roy to “get back in,” according to court documents released to the station.
The 18-year-old Carter was indicted earlier this month after authorities concluded she “strongly influenced” Roy’s actions the day he died.
“It is alleged that Ms. Carter had firsthand knowledge of Roy’s suicidal thoughts,” the district attorney’s office told the station. “Instead of attempting to assist him or notify his family or school officials, Ms. 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.”
Family members told WBZ that Roy had been depressed and could be influenced by others.
“He was in a fragile state. But I think he could have been manipulated not to,” Roy’s grandmother Janice Roy told the station.