Attorney: Texts didn’t spur suicide

TAUNTON — Attorneys for Michelle Carter, the woman accused of sending texts encouraging her high school boyfriend to kill himself, say new bombshell evidence suggests Conrad Roy III didn’t immediately commit suicide at her command.

Joseph Cataldo, an attorney for the Plainville woman, argued yesterday that Roy did not get back into his carbon monoxide-filled truck in a Fairhaven Kmart parking lot after Carter told him to. Cataldo said Carter’s directive to Roy happened around 7:30 p.m. on July 12, 2014 — but new documents show police did not see his truck in the Kmart lot during a routine patrol around 3 a.m. July 13.

Roy was found dead in the parking lot later that day.

Prosecutors say cops weren’t looking for the truck at 3 a.m. and wouldn’t have noticed it. But Cataldo told reporters outside of court, “It shows that he was most likely still alive and not in that parking lot. He either drove around for a significant period of time, for many hours, or someone else drove him around. We know Michelle wasn’t there.”

Cataldo argued before Taunton Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz that he needs all records about who was patrolling the area so that he can determine who might have noticed what vehicles were present. He said he recently received an EMT call record suggesting that police officers did not see Roy’s truck in the Kmart lot early on July 13, 2014.

“They prepared that report a long time ago, so it was startling to see that the government hadn’t turned it over,” Cataldo said.

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By Bob McGovern

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