A former Boston College student who is a prosecutor said he encouraged his girlfriend to commit suicide said text messages he sent to her at the last moment proved the opposite.
Inyoung You, a 21-year-old South Korean who studied at a Massachusetts school, was indicted in October on the charge of accidental murder in the death of a fellow student, Alexander Urtula. The two dated for 18 months before Urtula jumped to his death from the top of the parking garage on May 20, the day he graduated from college.
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Suffolk District lawyer, Rachael Rollins, said you were "physically, verbally and psychologically abusive" to Urtula, New Jersey, and sent him more than 47,000 texts in the last two months of their alleged relationship including "suicide" and "going to death. "
But You, who resigned from Boston College in August and has lived in Asia, denied the narrative – and gave The Boston Globe a copy of the text he said was sent to Urtula before he killed himself.
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When he realized what Urtula was trying to do, he reportedly begged him to "stop" and "don't do this."
It seems Urtula turned off GPS tracking on her phone, which made you text her: "Where [expletive] are you, "and" Who did you meet or talk to? Whose room are you going to? Hello."
"I'm not talking to anyone. I will never again. I'm happy to be able to spend my last night with you. I love you inyoung until my last breath," Urtula apparently wrote for you.
"Then ANYWHERE," he answered, before telling him: "I ASK FOR U WHY THE UR LOCATION WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE. … WHAT ARE YOU Joking."
"I will not be anywhere in this house goodbye forever. I love you. This is not your fault, this is mine," Urtula allegedly sent a message to her. I leave everyone. "
"ALEX." WHAT SRE [sic] YOU [expletive] ACTION. IF YOU [expletive] LOVE I'M STOPING. IF YOU'VE EVER [expletive] LOVED ME STOP, "he said, writing in all capital letters." PLWASE STOp [sic]. Talk to me. STOP. STOP. PLESEE [sic]. PLEASE CRY. PICK UP. PLEASE. . . DO NOT LEAVE ME LIKE THAT. IF YOU NEVER LOVE ME STOP. IF YOU WANT TO SHOW ME I LOVE YOU STOP. . . please take it. . . Talk to me."
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At some point, Urtula re-activates GPS tracking and you find its location. He said he texted Urtula's brother – who was in Boston for graduation – so he knew where he was, and they both headed to the parking garage.
You keep sending messages to Urtula as he picks up Uber, asks him to answer it, writes, "PLEASE I ALMOST THERE. where are you please "
But when Urtula saw you in the parking garage, he jumped, a source close to You's family told the Globe.
In October, when the prosecutor's office announced the indictment, Rollin claimed many of the texts that you and Urtula exchanged "display the dynamics of relationship strength, in which You make demands and threats with the understanding that he has complete and total control over Mr. Urtula both mentally and emotionally. "
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You isolated Urtula from friends and family and became aware of depression and suicidal thoughts caused by her harassment, district attorney said.
This case bears a resemblance to the case of Michelle Carter, a Massachusetts woman who was convicted of accidental murder in 2017 after her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, died years earlier after she used text messages and phone calls to encourage her to commit suicide.
Rollins acknowledges the case of you and Carter is similar, but alleges that the full control you have over Urtula is different from Carter and Roy.
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Carter's lawyer argues that his texts are protected by constitutional freedom of speech. His sentence was upheld by the Massachusetts Supreme Court, but an appeal has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has not yet decided whether to resolve the case.
Robert Gearty and The Associated Press from Fox News contributed to this report.