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Lawyers To Seek Dismissal Of Charge In Texting Suicide Case

Former Boston College student Inyoung Yu enters a Boston courthouse, where she pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with her boyfriend's suicide. (Quincy Walters/WBUR)
Former Boston College student Inyoung Yu enters a Boston courthouse, where she pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with her boyfriend's suicide. (Quincy Walters/WBUR)

Lawyers for a former Boston College student who prosecutors say sent thousands of text messages to her boyfriend that drove him to take his own life have told a judge they plan to seek dismissal of the charge.

Inyoung You, 21, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death last May of Alex Urtula on the day of his graduation. She has pleaded not guilty and is free on $5,000 bail.

Howard Cooper, a lawyer for You, told a judge Thursday that the involuntary manslaughter indictment against his client is "infirm as a matter of law."

Prosecutors say You and Urtula, 22, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, exchanged more than 75,000 texts in the last two months of their turbulent 18-month relationship.

They say You urged him multiple times to "go kill yourself."

Her defense has said prosecutors are not telling the full story because You sent numerous texts trying to stop Urtula.

You's lawyers say they will file the motion to dismiss by March 6. Judge Christine Roach scheduled an April 9 hearing on the motion.


Resources: You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and the Samaritans Statewide Hotline at 1-877-870-HOPE (4673). The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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