FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, Michelle Carter awaits her sentencing in a courtroom in Taunton, Mass., for involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. Prosecutors are asking a judge to order Michelle Carter to begin serving her 15-month jail sentence for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself. Michelle Carter will appear in court Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 for a hearing to consider prosecutors’ request. (Matt West/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)

Lawyers seek to keep woman who urged suicide out of jail

February 11, 2019 - 12:14 pm

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Attorneys for a woman who encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself are seeking to keep her out of jail while they appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Michelle Carter is scheduled to appear in court Monday when prosecutors' request that she begin serving her 15-month sentence will be considered.

Carter was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for her role in the death of Conrad Roy III. A judge allowed Carter to remain free while she appealed in state court.

Massachusetts' highest court upheld her conviction last week.

The courts found Carter caused Roy's death when she instructed him to get back in his truck as it filled with toxic gas.

Her lawyers say she isn't responsible for Roy's suicide. They said in an emergency motion filed Monday that her sentence should be further delayed.

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