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Judge to decide when woman in texting death case goes to jail

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 2/11/2019
FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, Michelle Carter awaits her sentencing in a courtroom in Taunton, Mass., for involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. Prosecutors are asking a judge to order Michelle Carter to begin serving her 15-month jail sentence for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself. Michelle Carter will appear in court Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 for a hearing to consider prosecutors’ request. (Matt West/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, Michelle Carter awaits her sentencing in a courtroom in Taunton, Mass., for involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. Prosecutors are asking a judge to order Michelle Carter to begin serving her 15-month jail sentence for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself. Michelle Carter will appear in court Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 for a hearing to consider prosecutors’ request. (Matt West/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)

TAUNTON, Mass. — 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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