The prosecution states that a Boston College student who had "complete and complete control" over her boyfriend was charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly encouraging him to commit suicide. Suffolk district attorney Rachael Rollins announced the indictment of 21-year-old Inyoung You on Monday during a press conference.
Rollins said she and Alexander Urtula had exchanged thousands of text messages, including "hundreds," asking Urtula to kill herself.
Urtula Lost to Death in a Parking Garage in Boston on May 20 Graduated from Boston College when his family was in the city of New Jersey, waiting for him to attend the ceremony. Rollins said you tracked Urtula's whereabouts on her cell phone and was "present" when he killed himself, without describing the interactions that led to his death.
Rollins described verbal, physical and psychological abuse during the 18-month period of relationship witnessed by family members and classmates of both. She said you would often manipulate Urtula and control him with self-harm threats. Rollins said the abuse "became more frequent, powerful and degrading in the days and hours that led to Mr. Urtula's early death."
In the two months prior to Urtulas suicide, the couple exchanged about 75,000 SMS out of which 47,000 were sent by you, Rollins said. Many, she said, "clearly show the power dynamics" of the relationship. She described "a flood of complete and complete attacks on the will and conscience and psyche of this man". They, said Rollins, knew that she had control of Urtula's "tortuous depression and suicidal thoughts caused by her abuse, but she insisted on continuing to encourage him to commit suicide." Officials are "cautiously optimistic" that they will voluntarily return to bring the charges. Rollins & # 39; office did not disclose the name of their lawyer.
The case is similar to that ofof the Massachusetts woman, who was convicted of accidental manslaughter because she had sent texts to her friend Carter, now 22 a 15-month prison sentence.
Carter's case attracted international attention due to sensitive legal issues and the haunting tone of her text messages to Conrad Roy III. "48 Hours" treated the case in the episode
Roy's proposed state law would punish suicide with up to five years in prison.
Rollins said The case is similar, but "separate and different" from Carter's case, as it also included physical abuse.
Rollins said the case is another example of an epidemic of domestic violence.
"Domestic violence is not perpetrated by a type of culprit," said Rollins. "A perpetrator is not limited by his gender or his partner's gender – domestic violence does not always look the same, but it's always about power and control."