Lawyers file appeal in texting-suicide case

Michelle Carter listens while a Juvenile Court judge sentences her for involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of Conrad Roy III, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Taunton.(CNN/Pool)

The Plainville woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter in her boyfriend's suicide has officially filed her appeal.

Michelle Carter was sentenced last year to 15 months in prison in the 2014 suicide death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. A judge stayed the sentence while the appeals process plays out.

Carter's trial focused on text messages sent between the two. Her attorneys say those messages are protected by the First Amendment.

Carter's lawyers say she should be acquitted or be granted a new trial.

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