Lawyers Seek to Keep Woman Who Urged Suicide Out of Jail

Michelle Carter awaits her sentencing in a courtroom in Taunton, Mass., for involuntary manslaughter on Aug. 3, 2017, after she was convicted of encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. Carter will appear in court on Feb. 11, 2019, for a hearing on the request by prosecutors for her to start a 15-month jail sentence. (Matt West/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)

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 a judge will consider prosecutors’ request that she begin serving her 15-month sentence.

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.

Her lawyers say in an emergency motion filed in the Supreme Judicial Court Monday that her sentence should be further delayed.

The courts found Carter caused Roy’s death when she instructed him to get back in his truck that was filling with toxic gas.

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