Conrad Roy’s family, lead detectives in Michelle Carter case will appear on NBC’s ‘Dateline’

“It was one of those things where you keep reading and it just keeps getting worse.”

FILE - In this Monday, June 12, 2017 file photo, Michelle Carter stands as court is in recess at the end of the day at her trial in Taunton, Mass. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. The judge is set to issue a verdict in the case on Friday. (Faith Ninivaggi/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)
Michelle Carter during her trial in 2017. – Faith Ninivaggi/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File

Detectives who worked on the Michelle Carter texting suicide case will describe the investigation in interviews with NBC’s “Dateline” on Friday, according to the network.

Carter’s involuntary manslaughter conviction in the 2014 death of Conrad Roy III was upheld Wednesday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which unanimously found that the 22-year-old from Plainville is responsible for her then-boyfriend’s suicide.  

In a preview of the segment, “Dateline: Reckless,” Fairhaven Police Det. Scott Gordon describes how he and his colleagues found the text messages that were exchanged between Carter and Roy, in which the then-17-year-old encouraged him to commit suicide.


Gordon told NBC News’s Andrea Canning that when police found Roy’s phone in the truck where he killed himself, the only texts left on the phone were from Carter.

“It was one of those things where you keep reading and it just keeps getting worse,” he said. “And that’s what kinda put everything in motion.”

According to the network, members of Roy’s family were also interviewed for the segment, which will air at 10 p.m.

Carter was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to 15 months in jail, but has remained free while her appeal was pending. The Bristol County District Attorney’s office said Thursday it has filed a motion requesting that the stay of Carter’s sentence be revoked, which will be considered in court on Monday. 

In a statement, District Attorney Thomas Quinn called the case a “tragedy for all of the people impacted” by it.

“However, as the court found in two separate decisions, [Carter’s] conduct was wanton and reckless, and caused the death of Conrad Roy,” he said. “This was clearly established during the trial through the voluminous text messages sent between several parties in this case.”


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