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Texts allegedly showed teen involved in 18-year-old's death

California parents may not have heard that on Aug. 21, text messages indicating that a Massachusetts teenager encouraged a boyfriend to commit suicide. The boyfriend, 18, was discovered dead inside his truck on July 13, 2014. It appeared that the teenager passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to the texts, the accused 18-year-old allegedly helped the deceased teenager decide how to take his life. Additionally, she allegedly told the teen that he had everything he needed to commit suicide and that he wouldn't fail. Texts sent back to the accused teen indicated that he was hesitant; the accused teen then indicated that she was frustrated with his failure to go through with the plan previously. If the carbon monoxide poisoning did not work, she allegedly suggested that he should bag or hang himself.

The accused teenager's defense attorney argued that her former boyfriend had brainwashed her. A text message sent less than two weeks before the teen's death indicated that he wanted her to die with him. She was ultimately charged with involuntary manslaughter for her alleged role in the death.

Anyone who is charged with manslaughter could potentially be sentenced to jail and a lengthy probation if they are convicted. A criminal law attorney may provide a defense for the accused person based on the evidence available. If there is a lack of evidence, the accused person may not be found guilty, especially if there are extenuating circumstances. In some cases, the attorney can potentially show that the accused person was brainwashed, causing him or her to become involved. Otherwise, a plea deal could potentially reduce charges and consequences.

Source: The Huffington Post, "'It's Now Or Never,' Texted Teen Charged In Boyfriend's Suicide", Sebastian Murdock, Aug. 26, 2015

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