Decision in texting suicide trial coming Friday

Woman convicted of coercing boyfriend into suicide to be free on appeal
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The Massachusetts judge in the texting suicide trial of Michelle Carter will deliver his decision on Friday morning, according to the court.

Carter, 20, is on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, who was 18 when he killed himself in July 2014.

Prosecutors said she berated her vulnerable boyfriend when he had second thoughts about killing himself, listened on the phone to his last breaths and used his suicide to get desperately needed attention from friends.

Carter sent Roy numerous text messages encouraging him to take his life, prosecutors said.

Carter’s attorney argued she was a troubled, delusional young girl who was “dragged” into the suicidal journey of Roy, who was long intent on killing himself.

Carter’s fate rests with Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz, who heard the case after she waived her right to a jury trial.