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Home Upcoming Events “48 HOURS” HAD THE GROUNDBREAKING TRIAL OF A CRIME OF DIGITAL AGE

“48 HOURS” HAD THE GROUNDBREAKING TRIAL OF A CRIME OF DIGITAL AGE

AND NOW THE CONCLUSION – SHOULD A 20-YEAR-OLD WOMAN GO TO PRISON FOR SENDING TEXTS? 

In Her Only TV Interview Conrad Roy’s Mother Speaks Out on the Loss of Her Son in “Death by Text” 

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Saturday, August 5, 10:00 PM, ET/PT 

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 Correspondent Erin Moriarty and 48 HOURS investigate the crime of the digital age, the trial, and whether a 20-year-old woman should go to prison for sending texts and calling a friend before he took his own life in an updated edition of “Death by Text” to be broadcast Saturday, August 5(10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The broadcast includes the case, the trial, the sentencing and the only TV interview with Lynn Roy, who opens up about the death of her son, Conrad Roy III, and the groundbreaking case against Michelle Carter, who prosecutors maintained caused Roy to kill himself in text messages.

Conrad Roy died of carbon monoxide poisoning after sitting in his truck with a gas-powered water pump running in the backseat on July 12, 2014. Carter was later charged with involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors said he was pushed to kill himself through hundreds of incessant messages from Carter, who was more than 30 miles away at the time he died. Her defense lawyers maintained Roy decided to kill himself on his own.

“It was a shock. It was an absolute shock,” Lynn Roy told Moriarty. “Losing a child, I will live with this forever – the pain.”

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Carter and Roy met in 2012. Though they lived an hour apart in Massachusetts they communicated almost exclusively via texts, online and by phone. It’s a case that’s been watched nationwide because it hinges on the power of words – Carter’s words – and whether they could be deadly. In his own videos, Roy talked about his own struggles with social anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide.

Prosecutors argued that Carter played on Roy’s mental health in her texts.

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“I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it! You can’t keep living this way. You just need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe. You can’t keep doing this every day,” Carter wrote Conrad.

“I do want to do it. But like I’m freaking out for my family. I guess idkkk,” Conrad responded.

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“Conrad, I told you I’ll take care of them,” Carter wrote back.

At trial, the prosecution maintained Carter could have done something to stop Roy, while her defense argued that Roy knew what he was doing. The judge, who found her guilty, said she could have done something to keep him alive. Carter was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

“I don’t believe she has a conscience,” Lynn Roy told Moriarty. “I think she needs to be held responsible for her actions ‘cause she knew exactly what she was doing and what she said.”

48 HOURS: “Death by Text” is produced by Ruth Chenetz, Jamie Stolz, Marcelena Spencer, Liza Finley and Susan Mallie. Stephanie Slifer is the field producer. Mead Stone is the producer-editor. Ken Blum, Atticus Brady, Richard Barber, Phil Tangel, Diana Modica, Mike Baluzy, Doreen Schechter and George Baluzy are the editors. Patti Aronofsky and Judy Tygard are the senior producers. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.