BOSTON (Information) – A former Boston Faculty pupil pleaded not responsible on Friday to prices of involuntary manslaughter stemming from what prosecutors stated was her function in encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.
A lawyer for Inyoung You, 21, entered the plea on her behalf throughout a listening to in Suffolk County Superior Court docket after she returned from South Korea to face prices introduced final month over the Might 20 suicide of her school boyfriend, who leaped to his loss of life from a parking storage hours earlier than his commencement.
Prosecutors level to 1000’s of textual content messages that You exchanged with Alexander Urtula as proof exhibiting she was bodily, verbally and psychologically abusive to the 22-year-old and advised him to “go kill himself” and to “go die.”
“These textual content messages exhibit the facility dynamic of the connection,” Assistant District Lawyer Caitlin Grasso stated in court docket.
Her bail was set at $5,000 money, and You was ordered to give up her passport.
Her lawyer, Steven Kim, in remarks aired on tv criticized Suffolk County District Lawyer Rachael Rollins’ dealing with of the widely-reported case as a “low cost pursuit of headlines.”
Prosecutors say an investigation discovered that You used makes an attempt and threats to hurt herself to regulate Urtula and isolate him from family and friends. They are saying she was additionally conscious of his suicidal ideas when she inspired him to kill himself.
Urtula spent the night time earlier than his loss of life with You in her dorm room, Grasso stated.
After Urtula the subsequent day texted her and his brother saying he was going to take his personal life, You used her cellphone to trace his location to a parking storage within the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston and was on its roof when he jumped, Grasso stated.
Earlier this week, You thru a public relations agency launched to the Boston Globe textual content messages she exchanged with Urtula the day of his loss of life suggesting she tried to cease him and sought to have his brother intervene.
The allegations bore similarities to the high-profile Massachusetts case of Michelle Carter, who was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter and accused of goading her teenage boyfriend into committing suicide with textual content messages and cellphone calls.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court docket upheld her conviction in February. Her legal professionals name the case an “unprecedented” occasion of somebody being convicted of involuntary manslaughter primarily based on phrases alone and have requested the U.S. Supreme Court docket to overturn it.
Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis and Andrew Heavens