Last month we learned about the case of Inyoung You, the South Korean college student in Boston who drove her “boyfriend” to kill himself by diving off the top floor of a parking garage. She wound up being arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Alexander Urtula. On Friday, she appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
CBS Boston had one of their investigative reporters, Cheryl Fiandaca, take questions about the case against Ms. You this weekend. One of the biggest ones is obviously the issue of how she can be held legally accountable for someone else committing suicide.
Q: What do prosecutors need to prove to show that she is responsible for Alexander Urtula’s death?
Cheryl: The conflict in this case is whether Inyoung You’s actions were a crime or free speech. That is the core question– are these text messages just words, or is it conduct that results in a death?
Massachusetts has legislation pending called Conrad’s Law for Conrad Roy, who took his own life in the Michelle Carter case. That legislation would make coerced suicide a crime.