CRIME

Teen Faces Charges For Encouraging Friend To Commit Suicide: Cops

02/27/2015 04:51 pm ET | Updated Feb 27, 2015
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An 18-year-old honors student is accused of encouraging her friend to commit suicide.

Michelle Carter of Plainville, Massachusetts is charged with manslaughter for her alleged role in the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, who was found dead in his truck from carbon monoxide poisoning in July, 2014, the Sun Chronicle Reports.

Charges were filed against Carter earlier this month after, cops said, a lengthy investigation revealed she texted with Roy right up to the time of his death.

A police report obtained by the Chronicle said, “Not only did Conrad tell Carter in several of his texts prior to his death that he was scared and didn’t want to leave his family, she continued to encourage him to take his own life, and when he actually started to carry out the act, he got scared again and exited his truck, but instead of telling him to stay out of the truck ... Carter told him to ‘get back in.'"

Carter's Facebook page includes postings indicated she organized a softball tournament last summer to support mental health awareness.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph P. Cataldo, told the Standard that his client committed no crime and he expects the charge to be dropped.

Carter is free on $2,500 bail, according to NECN.

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