The prosecution claimed Carter, then 17, was reckless and caused his death by telling Roy to get back in the vehicle even though they say he didn't want to die. "She instructs Roy to get back in the truck knowing of all the feelings he has exchanged with her; his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns", Moniz said.
"Miss Carter's actions but also her failure to act, where she had a self created Duty to Mr. Roy for putting him in that environment". Yet Ms. Carter has now been convicted of manslaughter, based on the prosecution's theory that, as a 17-year-old girl, she literally killed Mr. Roy with her words.
"I thought you wanted to do this. I mean, you're about to die", Carter wrote in one text, after she had previously encouraged the teen to seek professional help.
The judge presiding over the case reviewed extensive evidence, including thousands of text messages sent back-and-forth between the couple, and eventually ruled that Carter did little to stop Roy from putting himself in harm's way.
Carter may be sentenced with as many as 20 years in prison for her role in Roy's death. Roy's relatives, who sat near her in the first row, wept as Moniz ticked through the steps Roy took to end his life, as well as Carter's complicity.
Carter's lawyer argued that Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts, and was determined to take his life.
Moniz then indicated Carter seems to have known the gravity of the situation as she indicated to her friends in messages and conversations.
On the day of his death, Carter finally convinced Roy to follow through on the plan during a phone call telling him to return to his truck. "So she has to make it happen-she has to make him kill himself so that she's not seen as a liar". "You need to just do it".
Carter has been on trial for involuntary manslaughter for the death of her 18-year-old boyfriend. He pointed out that Roy had stepped out of the truck, and told Carter he couldn't go through with it. "In a case of involuntary manslaughter, you have to connect Carter's conduct to the cause of death - and I think there's too big a gap". The state does not have a law against encouraging someone to kill themselves.
"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections".
After Carter's conviction, Roy's father, Conrad Roy, made a brief statement in court in regards to Carter's conviction.