Assistance or coercion? Intent is key in text message suicide case, experts say
CNN - 06/09/2017
Prosecutors must prove that Carter’s actions directly caused Roy’s death, though not that she acted intentionally, Cevallos said. If convicted in juvenile court, where she’s being tried because of her age at the time of the alleged crime, Carter could spend 20 years in prison.
“The wrinkle here is whether she coerced him or pressured him into doing something that he wasn’t in a position to rationally and autonomously decide to do because he was in such a depressive state,” said Daniel Medwed, professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern University.