Plainville teenager charged with manslaughter in former boyfriend's suicide


PLAINVILLE, Mass. ( -- A Plainville teenager has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in her former boyfriend's suicide.

Officials say 18-year-old Michelle Carter encouraged her former boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy, to commit suicide. Just weeks later, in July he drove to a Fairhaven Kmart parking lot, filled his truck with carbon monoxide and took his own life.

"All I can remember is his smile all the time," Roy's grandmother said.

Police say they found text messages from Carter in Roy's cell phone. According to court documents, at one point Roy got out of his truck to rethink his plan, Carter told him "get back in."

"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," a representative of the Bristol County DA's office told FOX25.

By phone, Carter's defense attorney said, "It's unfortunate that he undertook this decision to end his own life but it is outrageous for the Bristol County District Attorney's office to now criminalize this situation." 

After Roy's death, we learned Carter posted messages about him on social media, even held a fundraiser in his honor, leaving his family wondering why.

"If she really loved him, as she said she did, why didn't she try to persuade him not to?" his grandmother wonders.
Carter was indicted as a youthful offender and will be tried as an adult. She was released on $2,500 bond and ordered to stay off social media. The teen is due back in New Bedford Juvenile Court on April 17 for a pretrial hearing. If convicted she could face 20 years in prison.