A Massachusetts woman, sentenced last year to 15 months in jail for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide, is appealing her conviction on the basis that prosecutors “cherry-picked” texts used against her in the case.
Michelle Carter, 21, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after her boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, committed suicide in July 2014, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Carter was 17 at the time of his death. He died after filling his Ford F-250 truck with carbon monoxide and locking himself inside of the vehicle.
Attorneys for Carter filed the appeal with the state’s highest court on Friday, according to the Boston Globe. A judge subsequently suspended the woman’s sentence pending the re-examination into the case.
The appeal follows the filing of documents with the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts earlier this year, which gives details into why her attorneys are arguing the court’s decision, People reports. According to court documents obtained by the magazine, it is argued that the prosecution denied showing alleged compassionate texts sent by Carter, while highlighting “one long message” during the trial.
One of the so-called “compassionate” texts reads, according to People, “I’m not giving up on you, it’s just every time I try to help you don’t listen.”
She also reportedly advised her boyfriend to seek professional help in another text message.
“You aren’t gonna get better on your own…you need professional help…”
The “cherry-picked” message, as argued by Carter’s defense, is in regards to a text the woman sent her friend that said she told Roy to “get back in” the truck after he apparently had a change of heart and exited the vehicle.
People reports that the filing indicates the message was sent to the friend months after the man’s death, with prosecutors making it appear as if she had sent it directly to Roy. In turn, the defense argues that this made it look as though Carter apparently influenced the man’s decision to take his life through the emphasized text specifically.
[Feature Photo: Michelle Carter via AP/Matt West/The Boston Herald]