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SJC: Bristol DA allowed to prosecute in suicide case

August 19, 2015

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A single justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a lower court’s decision that allows the Bristol district attorney’s office to continue prosecuting a woman who allegedly encouraged a friend to kill himself.

The Standard-Times (http://bit.ly/1JieyT5 ) reports that an attorney for 18-year-old Michelle Carter, of Plainville, appealed a District Court decision. Carter’s attorney wanted the case removed from the office of Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn III because Quinn is a third cousin of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III.

Roy’s body was found in his vehicle in Fairhaven in July 2014. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Prosecutors say Carter sent Roy text messages encouraging him to kill himself. The defense says she tried to stop him.

Carter’s attorney is scheduled to argue for a dismissal of the involuntary manslaughter charge Monday.

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Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com

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