Woman Charged In Boston College Texting Suicide Case Ordered To Stay In MA

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The former Boston College student accused of pressuring her boyfriend to kill himself has been ordered by a judge to remain in Massachusetts.

Inyoung You, 21, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Alexander Urtula, who was 22 when he jumped off the roof of a Roxbury parking garage on May 20, just hours before he was set to walk in BC's graduation ceremony.

You is accused by the Suffolk District Attorney's office of intense psychological and emotional abuse that pushed Urtula to suicide. An indictment released in October claimed You sent over 75,000 texts to Urtula, with some telling him to "go kill himself" or "go die."

She appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Thursday, hoping to have her bail restrictions loosened. However, a judge told her no, ordering You, a South Korean national, to stay in the Commonwealth.

Back in November, You pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge and went free after posting $5,000 bail. She was also ordered to surrender her passport.

One of her attorneys, Stephen Kim, told reporters after her court appearance that You has been unfairly maligned by Suffolk District Attorney Rachel Rollins and the media.

"Painting Ms. You as a monster, as someone who repeatedly verbally and psychologically abused her boyfriend to the point where she overcame his will and caused him to die without doing anything to try to stop it is completely and utterly false," Kim said.

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Woman Charged In BC Student's Suicide Free On Bail

Her attorneys were asked about the similarities between You's case and the case of Michelle Carter. Michelle Carter is currently serving out a prison sentence after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself via text in 2014.

"It would be a complete misapprehension of the Carter case to think that this case has anything to do with that one," attorney Howard Cooper said. "She begged him repeatedly not to hurt himself, told him that she loved him, immediately tried to get to the scene. That's the exact opposite of what Michelle Carter did. She told her boyfriend to get back in the truck."

You's attorneys said they plan on filing a motion to dismiss by March 6.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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