Michelle Carter Trial: Defense reveals alleged domestic abuse incident involving Conrad Roy and father

The first day of the defense’s case in the Michelle Carter Trial introduced details from an alleged domestic assault incident that occurred at the home of Conrad Roy III in Feb. 2013.

Attorney Joseph Cataldo called two Mattapoisett police officers to the witness stand to have them discuss the incident. The questioning was interrupted by the prosecutor several times, and the details of the incident are still murky.

Carter is accused of committing involuntary manslaughter by pushing her former boyfriend Conrad Roy III to commit suicide when she was 17 years old. Roy took his life at 18 years old on July 13, 2014. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning, found sitting in his pickup truck in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven with a gasoline-operated water pump in his car.

Text messages between the then-couple show they discussed Roy’s plan to commit suicide in detail including working through the technical difficulties Roy faced.

Prosecutors say that Roy had second thoughts and exited truck as it was filling with gas — but that he followed through with the plan after Carter allegedly urged him to do so on the phone.

Cataldo had previously tried to introduce evidence of a domestic abuse incident from 2011, in which Roy’s mother was accused of hitting Roy’s father, Conrad Roy Jr., in front of Roy and his siblings, according to Boston.com.

The prosecutor blocked those efforts after arguing their lack of relevance to Roy’s suicide.

The alleged incident described Friday was also suppressed to a degree, with officers unable to clearly state whether Roy was a victim of an assault by his father.

Two officers were allegedly called to a residence on an assault and battery call on Feb. 9, 2013.

Officers were able to say that they met and talked to both Roy and his father when they arrived at the residence.

The officers were also able to identify a series of photos featuring a bruised and battered Roy. These images were not shown in court.

Day one of the defense also featured the introduction of several exhibits further detailing the messages and communications between Carter and Roy. Steven Verraneau, a electronics forensics expert, took the stand as an expert witness to detail some of his findings from data extracted from Roy and Carter’s computers and phones.

In a series of multi-media images presented in court, it was revealed that Roy sent images of a gas generator to Carter. They also both traded images of them making exaggerated frowning faces.

Roy also sent Carter images of web pages detailing how people have died from inhaling carbon monoxide emanating from generators.

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By Alban Murtishi

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