Closing arguments expected Tuesday afternoon in teen texting trial

Defense rests in case of Plainville woman charged with aiding suicide

David Tanklefsky
June 13, 2017 - 12:17 pm
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Closing arguments are expected to be heard Tuesday afternoon in the trial of a Plainville teenager accused of encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide in 2014.

Michelle Carter, now 20 years old, is accused of sending a series of text messages to Conrad Roy III telling him to go through with his plans of suicide. Roy committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in Fairhaven nearly three years ago.

Tuesday morning the defense called psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin who testified that Carter had been taking medication for depression and other issues including anorexia and bulemia. Breggin testified that those medications had made Carter delusional and that she believed she was helping Roy achieve what he ultimately wanted, which was to end his life.

Prosecutors allege Carter was rational and wanted Roy to kill himself to elicit sympathy and attention from friends and classmates. Carter is facing involuntary manslaughter charges. If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison.