In yet another disturbing display of evidence in the trial of 20-year-old Michelle Carter, the prosecution introduced YouTube videos depicting her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, discussing his depression and social anxiety.
On Celexa, Breggin said, Carter became “involuntarily intoxicated” and began to think she could help Roy get what he wanted – to die painlessly, to get to heaven and to help his family grieve less by understanding him.
However, in a motion to include Breggin in the trial, Judge Lawrence Moniz determined that the doctor’s expertise and knowledge on antidepressants, which both Roy and Carter had used, would be relevant to the case.
Breggin, testifying for the defense, said that Carter had no nefarious intent but genuinely thought she was helping Roy. Roy committed suicide by poisoning himself with carbon monoxide from a portable generator he attached to the truck.
“I would be surprised if she had told him about it”, Breggin said, maintaining that he believes Carter did cut herself.
He testified that Carter was going through a “transformation” and that her lifelong desire to help those in need was being refocused through a bad reaction to the drug.
“I’m trying my best to dig you out”, she allegedly wrote in one text message.
In court on Monday, Breggin said that he reviewed the text messages the two teens exchanged, according to MassLive.com. The defense, on the other hand, said she did not cause his death.
Prosecutors have argued that while Carter played the role of a loving and distraught girlfriend, she had secretly nudged Roy toward suicide by sending him numerous text messages encouraging him to take his own life.
The defense witness testified that Michelle Carter had spent years of her life taking the popular behavioral medication Prozac.
The Globe reports that Breggin spent most of Monday morning painting a vasty different picture of Carter than the one presented by prosecutors last week.
Ms Carter waived her right to a jury trial, meaning her fate will be decided by a judge. “They have to go through his phone and see if anyone encouraged him to do it”, Carter texted.
According to Breggin, Carter became increasingly vulnerable after being prescribed Prozac.
In September 2014, Carter texted a classmate, “I could’ve stopped him”. Conrad I love you so much please tell me this is a joke.
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The crux of the case against Carter rests on one question: Can her text messages be considered manslaughter, or are they just an act of free speech?
During cross-examination, Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn tried to paint Carter as an untruthful person who craved attention.
The court heard that Ms Carter, who was then 17, replied: “Get the f*** back in the vehicle”.
In these text messages, she seems to admit guilt.
The prosecutor said Carter’s mother also never reported any concerns about the cutting. Breggin said it started between June 29 and July 2, 2014, but he wasn’t clear when it ended. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging 18-y.