Lawyer for Plainville woman in suicide case wants more records

TAUNTON — The defense lawyer for a Plainville woman accused of encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself is questioning the prosecution’s version of the man’s final hours.

Franklin lawyer Joseph Cataldo said Monday he wants more Fairhaven police and fire department records because police did not spot Conrad Roy III’s pickup truck during a routine patrol of the shopping plaza, where Roy was later found dead in 2014.

Cataldo represents Michelle Carter, now 20, who prosecutors say used “emotional coercion” in dozens of texts and phone calls to Roy to encourage him to take his life in July 2014.

Roy, 18, was found dead in his pickup in the parking lot of Kmart in Fairhaven around 5 p.m. on July 13, 2014. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning by rigging up a gasoline-powered water pump in the back seat and remaining inside.

Cataldo said Carter allegedly spoke to Roy around 7:30 the previous night when prosecutors say she told him to get back in the truck, apparently after Roy had second thoughts about taking his life.

Prosecutors believe Roy died shortly after the conversation.

Cataldo said police did not find Roy’s pickup truck during a routine check of the plaza around 3 a.m., about eight hours after Carter allegedly spoke to Roy by phone.

After a pretrial hearing in Taunton Juvenile Court, Cataldo told reporters the information is potentially exculpatory evidence for his client.

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BY DAVID LINTON

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