Judge will decide fate in Michelle Carter trial

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) — A bombshell in Taunton District Court Monday as the defendant Michelle Carter waived her right to a jury trial, which means a judge will decide in this landmark case.

Carter is being charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself.

The defense was blindsided as Michelle Carter waived her right to have a jury trial. Jury selection was expected to take at least a week, but now the trial will begin Tuesday.

Nearly three years after Mattapoisett teen Conrad Roy committed suicide in a Kmart parking lot, his former girlfriend Michelle Carter is standing trial for his death.

Carter is being charged with involuntary manslaughter for texting Roy, encouraging him to kill himself.

Several times Carter told Roy that he “just has to do it.” These texts will be used as evidence in this trial.

The defense claims this charge of manslaughter is an overreach and that while Carter’s words are deplorable, they are protected by the First Amendment as free speech. 

Massachusetts is one of only 11 states that do not have laws against encouraging or assisting suicide. 

The judge did hear motions from both sides Monday morning. Opening statements are slated to begin Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

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