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Judge:Teen in texting suicide case found guilty of manslaughter

FILE - In this Monday, June 12, 2017 file photo, Michelle Carter stands as court is in recess at the end of the day at her trial in Taunton, Mass. Carter is charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. The judge is set to issue a verdict in the case on Friday. (Faith Ninivaggi/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)

UPDATE: The judge has found a teen girl guilty of manslaughter related to the suicide of her boyfriend.

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TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A juvenile court judge is set to announce his verdict in the trial of a Massachusetts woman charged with manslaughter for sending her suicidal boyfriend a barrage of text messages encouraging him to kill himself.

Judge Lawrence Moniz plans to announce his decision Friday at 11 a.m. ET in Bristol Juvenile Court in the trial of Michelle Carter.

Carter could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III. Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck.

Prosecutors say the then-17-year-old Carter badgered Roy to act on his suicidal thoughts.

Carter's lawyer argues that Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was determined to take his own life.

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