Thousands of Texts at Center of Case Against Woman Charged in Boyfriend’s Suicide


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The local district attorney has charged Ms. You, 21, with involuntary manslaughter, arguing that her psychological treatment of Mr. Urtula over the course of an 18-month relationship was wanton and reckless and that it created life-threatening conditions that she had a duty to alleviate.
The case has raised questions about the role of one person’s words or actions in another person’s suicide, about youthful relationships that unspool in mind-boggling numbers of text messages, and about the use of those messages in a criminal prosecution.