The court refused to review the case, without comments from any individual judge, allowing the conviction to be maintained.
Roy, who was 18, was poisoned with carbon monoxide in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, after exchanging text messages and talking twice on the phone with Carter that summer day. She lived about 50 miles away.
Carter’s conviction was confirmed last February by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which “rejected the defendant’s claim that his words to the victim, without any physical act on his part and even without his physical presence on the scene, did not could constitute unbridled or reckless conduct sufficient to support a charge of involuntary manslaughter. “
In his petition to the court, Carter called the sentence “unprecedented” and pointed out to states that they have invalidated the guilty findings in cases of assisted suicide and cyberbullying. Carter’s lawyers said her right to freedom of expression protects her from criminal liability because her participation was limited to “single words.”
In response, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey noted in the court documents the text message scores, in which Carter and Roy discussed the method he had chosen to commit suicide. Carter “knew that Roy had previously attempted suicide but that he had abandoned or frustrated his own attempts, and she mocked him that he would deliberately fail to commit suicide again.”
Carter “carried out a” systematic campaign of coercion “that” pointed to the insecure insecurities of the young victim and acted to subvert his willpower in favor of his “in the last weeks of his life,” Healey wrote.