Judge denies dismissal of manslaughter charge in suicide

By The Associated Press

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) _ A juvenile court judge has denied a motion to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter charge brought against an 18-year-old Massachusetts teenager accused of encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself.

Michelle Carter, of Plainville, is accused of sending 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, of Mattapoisett, dozens of text messages in 2014 encouraging him to kill himself.

Roy’s body was found in his pickup in Fairhaven on July 13, 2014. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning and police found a gasoline-operated water pump in the back seat.

A spokesman for the district attorney’s office says they are pleased with the New Bedford judge’s ruling and they can now focus on the upcoming trial.        

A defense attorney says he plans to appeal the decision.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30 in Taunton Juvenile Court.

(C) The Associated Press 2015