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Lawyers seek to keep woman who urged suicide out of jail

FILE – In a Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, Michelle Carter awaits her sentencing in a courtroom in Taunton, Mass., for involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. Prosecutors are asking a judge to order Michelle Carter to begin serving her 15-month jail sentence for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself. Michelle Carter will appear in court Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 for a hearing to consider prosecutors’ request. (Matt West/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)

TAUNTON, Mass. — Attorneys for a woman who encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself are seeking to keep her out of jail while they appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Michelle Carter is scheduled to appear in court Monday when a judge will consider prosecutors’ request that she begin serving her 15-month sentence.

Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for her role in the death of Conrad Roy III. A judge allowed Carter to remain free while she appealed in state court.

Massachusetts’ highest court upheld her conviction last week.

Her lawyers say in an emergency motion filed in the Supreme Judicial Court Monday that her sentence should be further delayed.

The courts found Carter caused Roy’s death when she instructed him to get back in his truck that was filling with toxic gas.



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