A former Boston College student who allegedly encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in text messages before he died by suicide on his graduation day is set to have her case heard by the

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A former Boston College student who allegedly encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in text messages before he died by suicide on his graduation day is set to have her case heard by the Supreme Court, where justices will rule whether her involuntary manslaughter charges is ‘legally tenable.’

Inyoung You, 23, was indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury two years ago in connection to her boyfriend Alexander Urtula’s suicide, after he jumped from the roof of the Renaissance Parking Garage in Roxbury as You pulled up in an . 

Earlier this year, the judge overseeing the case dismissed one argument by the prosecution that You failed to call 911 when she knew Urtula was about to take his life. 

The decision prompted defense lawyers in October to request that the Supreme Court take up the case, which will commence oral arguments on February 2, according to the .

You is being charged on the grounds that she contributed to Urtula’s death by consistently sending him text messages urging him to kill himself before he eventually did. 

You’s defense claims that convicting her of manslaughter would breach her First Amendment right to freedom of speech. 

Inyoung You, 23, will have her case seen by the Supreme Court starting February. She is pictured above in 2019 leaving Suffolk County Criminal Court in Boston after she was charged in connection to her boyfriend Alexander Urtula's suicide

Inyoung You, 23, will have her case seen by the Supreme Court starting February.She is pictured above in 2019 leaving Suffolk County Criminal Court in Boston after she was charged in connection to her boyfriend Alexander Urtula’s suicide

Urtula jumped from the roof of the Renaissance Parking Garage in Roxbury as You pulled up in an Uber. Prosecutors claimed that You should be held liable for his death because she consistently texted him 'go die' and repeatedly abused him emotionally

Urtula jumped from the roof of the Renaissance Parking Garage in Roxbury as You pulled up in an Uber.Prosecutors claimed that You should be held liable for his death because she consistently texted him ‘go die’ and repeatedly abused him emotionally

‘Given the importance of the issues in the case, the Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to review the indictment and whether it is legally tenable,’ Howard Cooper, You’s lawyer, told the news outlet on Thursday, adding that the case highlights the practical and legal debate over the limits of free speech.

He added, ‘The issues, which the court is concerned about, really relate to the breadth of Massachusetts criminal law concerning involuntary manslaughter cases that are based upon pure speech.’

Prosecutors claimed that she should be held liable for his death because she told him in tens of thousands of messages to ‘go die,’ manipulated him and emotionally abused him over a period of several months.

However, You’s defense lawyers have said that they ‘cherry-picked’ damaging messages and that she also texted him to stop what he was doing when he told her that he was on the roof and alluded to suicide.

Prosecutors and the defense appealed a split ruling on a motion to dismiss after Christine M.Roach, the Suffolk Superior Court judge overseeing the case, said that You could not be convicted in Urtula’s death on the grounds that she failed to call 911 in the roughly 42 minutes she was aware of his intentions.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case and will commence oral arguments on February 2

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case and will commence oral arguments on February 2

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins has said that You caused Urtula's death through her texts telling him to kill himself

Inyoung You could face 20 years in prison if convicted as charged

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins (left) said she is ‘very confident’ in her case against Inyoung You 

The judge did not dismiss the argument that You’s tens of thousands of text messages to Urtula contributed to his death.Defense lawyers filed a direct appellate review with the Supreme Court in October, which agreed to take up the case.

You, a South NDRAMA Nonton Download Drama Korea Subtitle Indonesia native, has pleaded not guilty to her charges and claims in court proceedings that the prosecution is ‘criminalizing speech’ and impeding on her First Amendment rights by seeking to hold her responsible for Urtula’s suicide.

You, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted as charged, flew back to South Korea after Urtula’s death.She returned for a hearing in November 2019 and was freed on $5,000 bail under the condition that she surrender her passport and agreed to remain in Massachusetts pending trial. 

District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s office is not commenting on the case’s recent developments, according to the Boston Globe, but released a statement in January after the judge’s spilt ruling.It read, ‘While both sides have the ability to appeal the decision, we will also continue to prepare for trial and fight any appeal the defense may make.’

Rollins’s statement continued, ‘We maintain that the evidence shows that Ms.You’s physical, verbal, and psychological abuse toward Mr. Urtula during their 18-month-long tempestuous relationship — abuse which became more pronounced, powerful, and demeaning in the days and hours leading up to Mr. Urtula’s death — were a cause for his suicide.’ 

During the 2019 hearing, prosecutors described how she ‘controlled’ his life by allegedly threatening to kill herself or self-harm if he ever broke up with her.It began, prosecutors said, because she was unhappy he was communicating with an ex-girlfriend.

Authorities suggested that she gave him the idea of how to kill himself and that she had once threatened to take her own life at the same parking garage where he died.

Urtula jumped to his death from the roof of a parking garage in Roxbury on May 20, approximately 90 minutes before he was scheduled to graduate from Boston College

Urtula jumped to his death from the roof of a parking garage in Roxbury on May 20, approximately 90 minutes before he was scheduled to graduate from Boston College

You's case highlights the practical and legal debate over the limits of free speech

You’s case highlights the practical and legal debate over the limits of free speech

‘Do everyone a favor and go f******* kill yourself,’ was one of her texts that prosecutors led aloud.In another, she told him to kill himself ‘or else I’m going to slit my wrists’.

Four days before he died, she said: ‘Go f****** kill yourself.’

‘You want me to slash my throat? Is that what you want?Why do I have to threaten my own f****** life for you to do something?’ she said in another, two days before he died.

In another, she called him ‘worthless’ and told him to repeatedly bash his head against a sink.

Prosecutors say she subjected him to a barrage of ‘pathological’ abuse beforehand in texts.They also cited witnesses who claim he was under her control and scared to end their relationship.

One text from Urtula to You, seen by the Boston Globe, read, ‘I’m breaking down and I’m scared. I want you and the voices to stop …to stop telling me how worthless and pathetic I am … And how much I deserve to die.’

Urtula also told his friends on multiple occasions that he was You’s ‘slave’ and she was in complete emotional and physical control of him and his happiness, according to court records.

‘The consistent overall theme of the texts is berating every aspect of Urtula’s intelligence, appearance, behavior and worthiness to be her boyfriend.’ court filings read. 

They added that he had tried to find a way out of the relationship but was consistently met with more abuse.

You’s attorneys argued that prosecutors are only showing the side of the story that benefits their narrative.Following the 2019 initial hearing, they released her final text messages with Urtula to prove that she begged him to ‘stop’ what he was doing after he warned her: ‘I’m far away on a tall place and I’m not gonna be here for long.’

The text message exchange began with her lambasting him for turning location services on his phone off, indicating that she had been tracking his movements. 

His first read: ‘I’m not talking to anyone.I won’t ever again. I’m happy I got to spend my last night with you. I love you Inyoung until my last breath.’

She carried on arguing with him, replying: ‘Then WHERE ARE YOU’ and ‘that’s all you’ve got to f*****g say?’

Urtula then warned: ‘I’m not gonna be anywhere Inyoung this is goodbye forever.I love you. This isn’t your fault it’s mine.’

Her response was angry and written it block capitals.

She replied: ‘what. whAT. UR LEAVING ME [sic]’. It is unclear if she was at this point aware if he planned to take his own life.

Above is The Renaissance Parking Garage in Boston, from which Urtula jumped on May 20, 2019

Above is The Renaissance Parking Garage in Boston, from which Urtula jumped on May 20, 2019

His final texts, where he said ‘I’m far away on a tall place and I’m not gonna be here for long.I’m leaving everyone,’ spark her panic.

She begged: ‘ALEX. WHAT SRE [sic] YOU F***** DOING.

‘IF U [sic] F****** LOVE ME STOP.

‘IF U [sic] EVER F****** LOVED ME STOP.’

He replied morosely, writing: ‘I did love you just not well enough’ to which she said: ‘UR GONNA F****** LEAVE ME TO NOTHING.’

His final texts were ‘goodbye’ and then ‘you’ll have everything once I’m gone.’

After receiving them, You sent a barrage of panicked and angry messages, pleading with him to ‘stop’ whatever he was doing and saying: ‘Baby, please, please, please….I love you.’

Her legal team and his family say that while he did not respond to any more texts, he did turn the location services on his phone back on.

It allowed her to track him to The Renaissance Parking Garage in Boston.

She ordered an Uber to take her there and continued texting him while also alerting his brother to his whereabouts.

The pair raced there and Urtula was still standing on top of the building when she arrived but, according to his family, jumped at the sight of her. 

Steven Kim, one of You’s lawyers, sent a statement to the Daily Mail in 2019 regarding the prosecution’s argument.It read, ‘Never in my career have I seen more unjust and callous behavior from a DA in what I can only conclude is the cheap pursuit of headlines. 

‘When the facts come out it will be clear – these were two emotionally needy young adults whose relationship had become a toxic blend of need, anger, fear and love.They simultaneously faced the everyday pressures all post-adolescents encounter from family, friends, social media, college life, and the things young people try to navigate every day. And they lived their lives on their phones in a way that is hard for many of us to understand.

‘No one can ever know to a moral certainty why someone decides to take their own life.Suicide is always sad, always a tragedy and always mysterious. We should be looking for better ways to support young people in these situations instead of prosecuting them.

‘All of us, including Inyoung You, mourn Alexander Urtula. ‘But further punishing a young woman who loved him only compounds the tragedy and tarnishes the memory of that young man.’

Urtula, a Cedar grove, N.J.native, was studying biology and had completed his studies. The day he died, he was due to receive his diploma and his family had traveled to Boston from New Jersey to watch the ceremony.

You’s case shares stark parallels with that of Michelle Carter, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2017 for encouraging her boyfriend Conrad Roy III to commit suicide in 2014 when she was 18.

Prosecutors, when they announced the charges against You, said the cases were similar.However, there are some significant differences. 

The biggest difference between them was that You allegedly launched an unrelenting campaign of abuse on her boyfriend whereas Carter encouraged and egged on Roy’s suicidality.  

Carter and Roy also had limited physical contact whereas You and Urtula were frequently with each other and exchanged far more texts. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling, for confidential support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website

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