Judge to decide when woman who urged suicide goes to jail

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court has denied a request to keep a woman who encouraged her boyfriend’s suicide out of jail while her lawyers appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Supreme Judicial Court denied an emergency motion Monday from Michelle Carter’s attorneys.

Carter is expected to appear in court later Monday before a trial judge who will decide when she will start 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.

The Supreme Judicial Court upheld her conviction last week.

Carter’s lawyers say she isn’t responsible for Roy’s suicide.

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