Michelle Carter, the woman convicted of manslaughter for urging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in text messages that included, "Just do it, babe", was released from jail Thursday after more than three months was shaved from her sentence for good behavior.
The 23-year-old from MA walked free Thursday morning out of Bristol County House of Correction ahead of her scheduled release. due to "good behavior" on the inside.
Carter's lawyers said the family has no plans to speak about their daughter's release, but the family of her late boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, spoke out after Carter's release. She now must serve five years of supervised release.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court said it would not hear an appeal of Carter's case, which left her conviction intact.
Prosecutors say Carter listened over the phone as Roy suffocated from carbon monoxide poisoning in his auto and failed to inform authorities.
She was 17 at the time.
Wearing a black turtleneck, a light blazer and black trousers - the same outfit she wore the day she was sentenced - Carter walked off prison grounds surrounded by guards and got into a waiting SUV. While the content of her phone calls is not known, texts Carter sent such as "Just do it, babe", and one in which she told Roy to get back inside a auto rigged to fill monoxide gas, were key to her conviction.
The Carter case garnered media headline, and was retold in the HBO documentary I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter.
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"She did, and we'll never really know why", the statement said.
The call wasn't recorded, but the judge relied on a text Carter sent her friend in which she said she told Roy to get back in.
Prosecutors alleged Carter engaged in a "sick game of life and death", triggering the 18-year-old's suicide.
Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in June 2017.
Her defense team further argued that Carter's statements were covered by First Amendment free-speech protections, and that she shouldn't be found guilty for a crime because of words alone, especially when she wasn't on the scene where Roy committed suicide. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting and other electronic communications.
The lawyers also argued there was simply not enough evidence to prove Carter urged Roy to get back in his truck to die, or that he would have lived if she had called for help or taken other actions to try and save his life. "Carter neither provided Roy with the means of his death nor physically participated in his suicide".