BOSTON — Time could be running out for Massachusetts prosecutors seeking to put a teenager on trial for encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life by sending him dozens of text messages and telling him to “get back in” a truck filled with carbon monoxide fumes.
Michelle Carter, 19, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of Conrad Roy III, 18, of Mattapoisett.
For Roy’s family, the possibility that Carter could receive no punishment is difficult to fathom.
“We’re anxiously awaiting the decision,” said Janice Roy, Conrad’s grandmother.
Freitas is being represented by court-appointed attorney Daniel W. Rafael’s chief counsel is Boston attorney William H. Rafael and Freitas also appeared together at a May 12 arraignment at U. District Court in Worcester, where both men pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against them.
Rafael faces 27 counts on charges including conspiracy, false entries and bulk cash smuggling.
He walks over to their apartment room, lets himself in, and waits for Kevin to go take a shower, before entering the bedroom, covering Joanne's mouth and then stabbing her to death in her bed.Since taking her job in 2009, Ortiz has built a varied reputation, being praised as a straight shooter by some legal opponents while others have called her a zealot.One of Ortiz's best-known cases to date was her prosecution of Aaron Swartz on wire fraud and hacking allegations for downloading millions of articles from an academic database.If the Supreme Judicial Court agrees to send the case to juvenile court, prosecutors will have only until Aug. That’s the day Carter turns 20, when she will age out of the juvenile system.Teen accused of urging friend to kill self tried to help him But if the court upholds the prosecution’s decision to charge her as a youthful offender, there is no race against the clock for putting her on trial and she could face adult punishment.