SJC Denies Michelle Carter's Motion for Stay of Sentence

Lester Mason
February 12, 2019

Michelle Carter will appear in court on Monday (US time) for a hearing to consider prosecutors' request.

Carter's lawyers said they planned to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, among other legal options, and noted in court documents that Carter has no prior criminal record, hasn't tried to flee, and has been undergoing mental health treatment.

Earlier in the day, Massachusetts' highest court denied an emergency motion filed by her lawyers to keep her out of jail.

She will now begin her 15-month prison sentence.

Michelle Carter listens to defense attorney Joseph P. Cataldo argue for an involuntary manslaughter charge against her to be dismissed at Juvenile Court in New Bedford, Mass., on August 24, 2015.

Michelle Carter was sentenced to 15 months in jail in 2017 for her role in the death of Conrad Roy III, but the judge allowed her to remain free while she appealed in state court.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld her conviction last week, saying that her actions caused the death of her then boyfriend Conrad Roy III.

Carter's lawyers say she isn't responsible for Roy's suicide. "The time is right and you're ready - just do it babe", she wrote. Her attorney said during the hearing in October that there was no evidence it would have made a difference if she had called for help, arguing she didn't even know where his truck was parked.

Her case garnered worldwide attention and provided a disturbing look at teenage depression and suicide.

"You're finally going to be happy in heaven".

In the days leading up to his death, Carter had sent text messages encouraging to end his life.

The judge found Carter caused Roy's death when she instructed him over the phone to get back in his truck, where her later died.

Carter was on the phone with Roy as he inhaled carbon monoxide inside his pickup truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

"It's OK to be scared and it's normal". The case hinged on text messages between the two in which Carter urged Roy to kill himself.

"After she convinced him to get back into the carbon monoxide-filled truck, she did absolutely nothing to help him", Kafker went on. "I mean, you're about to die", she wrote in another. Her attorney said Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. "We are disappointed in the Court's decision, which adopts a narrative that we do not believe the evidence supports", Daniel Marx said in a statement, adding that the decision has "troubling implications, for free speech, due process, and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion".

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