Can you be convicted of murder based on text messages with a suicidal friend?
A Massachusetts court found a young woman guilty for her involvement with a friend’s suicide because of a record of text messages where she was encouraging him to kill himself. Michelle Carter, 20, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after she told her friend Conrad Roy III to commit suicide and ordered him to get back into a vehicle filled with fumes so he could die, according to her text message history.
“You just have to do it,” Carter texted Roy the day that he committed suicide. “You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.”
On Monday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Glenn Beck, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not telling someone to commit suicide is a crime.
Carter’s defense argued that Roy would have killed himself anyway and that Carter herself was troubled while taking medication for depression. She was tried as a juvenile because she was a minor during her relationship with the victim.
“A very disturbed individual,” Stu said of Carter.
Glenn described Carter’s decision to tell Roy to get back into a fume-filled vehicle to kill himself. According to a text message, Carter listened to Roy die; she did not call police.
“That is sick,” Glenn said.