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The teen who took his life in texting case studied various suicide methods

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The Massachusetts teenager prosecutors say was coerced into killing himself by text messages from his girlfriend had researched suicide online, a defense witness testified Friday.

According to a forensic investigator on the case, Conrad Roy III googled a variety of suicide methods on a website that explained "easy, quick and painless ways to commit suicide."

Roy's girlfriend at the time, Michelle Carter, could be tried as an adult if convicted.

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Michelle Carter appears in Taunton Juvenile Court on Friday, June 9, 2017. A judge has denied a request for a not-guilty verdict by an attorney for Carter who is charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly convincing her boyfriend to kill himself through a series of text messages. (Glenn Silva/Fairhaven Neighborhood News/Pool via AP)

Carter, now 20, was 17 when 18-year-old Roy died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. She is charged with involuntary manslaughter.


The Carter trial is scheduled to resume Monday.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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