Episode #5: Michelle Carter and the Manslaughter of Conrad Roy
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Summary of the Case:
Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy met by chance one summer while both visiting their grandparents. It turned out they didn’t live that far away from one another, and they began a serious relationship. They had a lot in common, including Conrad’s history of depression, and Michelle’s history of Anorexia Nervosa and depression. In 2014, Conrad began to tell Michelle about his suicidal ideation. At first, she tried to convince him not to do, before completely changing her mind and started helping him plan his suicide. This was all captured in text messages between the two teens, which can be seen here.
In February 2015, Michelle was put on trial for involuntary manslaughter of Conrad Roy. The defense argued that Michelle had been put on a new antidepressant, was possibly manic, and did not know what she was doing was wrong. No such trial has been conducted before, and it became a landmark case when Michelle was found guilty during her bench trial.
Michelle was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, with the sentence suspended after 15 months. After failing an appeal, Michelle began her prison sentence. She has appealed her conviction to the supreme court.
Sources for this Episode:
Conrad Roy Video
Trial Footage 1
Trial Footage 2
Trial Footage 3
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