Reusch was charged on Tuesday with aiding suicide and misdemeanor harassment in connection with Metzger’s death, which occurred on June 18, 2021.
A 35-year-old woman from Pennsylvania, Mandie Reusch, has been accused of encouraging her estranged boyfriend, Kevin Metzger, to take suicide
The Westmoreland County District Attorney‘s office revealed that the messages allegedly sent by Reusch to Metzger were described as “heinous and graphic.” In a press release, District Attorney Nicole W. Ziccarelli stated that Metzger might still be alive if not for the influence and encouragement he received from these messages. Ziccarelli further emphasized that such behavior would not be tolerated and that the case would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the police and reported by PennLive.com, the messages began on May 5, 2021, while Metzger was away for military training. Reusch allegedly informed Metzger that she was involved in another relationship and that the new man would replace him as the father figure for their daughter. In one message, Reusch reportedly wrote, “I hope for [the child’s] sake that you do kill yourself,” adding that the daughter would be better off without him. Reusch also allegedly informed Metzger that she planned to engage in sexual activity with her new boyfriend on Mother’s Day while their daughter referred to him as “daddy.”
Reusch allegedly sent Metzger a video of herself engaging in sexual acts with another man after he had given her $200
Reusch’s attorney, Phil DiLucente, maintains her innocence and describes the relationship between Reusch and Metzger as emotional, albeit not unusual. DiLucente argues that although the texts exchanged between them may have been mean-spirited or immoral, considering them criminal acts without evidence of Reusch’s direct involvement is inappropriate.
Expressing seriousness about the tragic nature of suicide, DiLucente finds it distressing and troubling that Reusch is being held responsible. He emphasizes that there are always two sides to a story.