A Massachusetts teen facing 20 years in prison for allegedly coaxing her friend into killing himself went to Disney World ahead of her pending trial.
Beck Maki, the aunt of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, said she was shocked to learn that 18-year-old Michelle Carter, who she believes encouraged Roy to commit suicide and is now facing a manslaughter charge, seemingly carried on with her life on social media following the death of her friend and the subsequent charges.
“It’s really hard because we don’t have our nephew in our lives anymore. We will never see him enjoy these milestones,” Maki said. “He’ll never see his sisters go to prom, and to see her awaiting her manslaughter trial on a trip to Disney World with her friends, going to school competitions and going off to prom — it just seems like she doesn’t understand the gravity of the actions that have led to the case against her.”
Roy died after taking in carbon monoxide fumes while sitting in his truck in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, on July 13, 2014. Carter reportedly admitted to a friend she encouraged Roy to “get back in” when he began having second thoughts about taking his own life.
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Maki said she discovered photos posted by Carter’s mother of her daughter traveling to Disney World with classmates, even though the mother was given a court order to only use social media “for educational purposes.”
“With her mother posting things to social media for her, it doesn’t feel like a ban,” Maki said. “It just doesn’t feel like she’s grieving — and that’s really confusing for us.”
Carter’s attorney, Joseph Cataldo, maintained that the posts were not in violation of the order.
“It’s a tragic circumstance and my client does feel for the Roy family, but she does have to continue with her day-to-day activities and her life … This is just what most mothers post about their daughters. I’m surprised someone is making an issue out of that,” he said.
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“Michelle and her family will continue to be respectful to the Roy family, and the Carters hope that people can come to understand that Michelle is 18 years of age and must continue on with her educational and life pursuits even under these sad and unfortunate circumstances.”
The night before Roy committed suicide, Carter allegedly texted a friend expressing concern for his whereabouts.
“I’m losing all hope that he’s even still alive,” one text read. “I’m thankful that our last words were ‘I love you,’” another stated.
Despite these concerned messages, police discovered Carter texted Roy moments earlier. “Let me know when you’re gonna do it,” the text read.
Carter is due for a pretrial hearing on June 9.
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