The Pennsylvania woman accused of driving her Army veteran boyfriend to suicide will face trial, as authorities revealed a disturbing pattern of texts she sent to her ex.
Mandie Reusch, 35, will stand trial on aiding suicide in the death of her estranged boyfriend and father of her daughter, Kevin Metzger, 37, on June 18, 2021.
State Trooper Phil Dern testified Tuesday that it’s his belief that Metzger took his own life because Reusch repeatedly told him to do so.
‘I hope you die,’ Reusch wrote to Metzger May 4, 2021, according to Dern’s testimony. ‘There was multiple messages, her telling him to kill himself.’
Metzger’s family watched on, as did Reusch, who left the courthouse Tuesday in a lavender blouse and pink-tinted sunglasses.
Mandie Reusch , 35, will stand trial on aiding suicide and harassment involving the death of her estranged boyfriend and father of her daughter, Kevin Metzger, 37, on June 18, 2021
Reusch is accused of telling Metzger to kill himself at least six times, according to WTAE.
He claimed that Metzger posted these messages to his Facebook page – and that he sent to his friend – in the days and hours leading up to his death.
‘I believe that is definitely what his intent was as to why he did it,’ Dern said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Other messages showed Reusch saying he would not get to spend Father’s Day with their child, adding that the girl had a ‘new dad’ and that she wanted a $250,000 life insurance policy.
‘Enjoy not being a dad any more because you don’t appreciate your daughter’s mom,’ she allegedly wrote.
In between, she would say she was sorry and that she still loved Metzger, but eventually she would go back to her more disturbing comments, Dern claimed.
‘He made multiple comments to her via text message: ‘You keep telling me to kill myself, you want me to die,’ Dern said.
District Judge Rebecca C. Tyburski dismissed an additional count of harassment against Reusch. She is free on $150,000 bail.
State Trooper Phil Dern testified Tuesday that it’s his belief that Metzger took his own life because Reusch repeatedly told him to do so
Other messages showed Reusch saying he would not get to spend Father’s Day with their child, adding that the girl had a ‘new dad’ and that she wanted a $250,000 life insurance policy
District Judge Rebecca C. Tyburski dismissed an additional count of harassment against Reusch. She is free on $150,000 bail
Her attorneys, Phil DiLucente (pictured) and Timothy Lyon, are going to attempt to file to dismiss the remaining charge because they were filed after a two-year statute of limitations had expired
Her attorneys, Phil DiLucente and Timothy Lyon, are going to attempt to file to dismiss the remaining charge because they were filed after a two-year statute of limitations had expired.
Reusch’s next appearance in court is set for August 30.
DailyMail.com previously obtained dozens of abusive messages sent over WhatsApp in which Reusch urged the former soldier to kill himself, threatened to shoot him and mocked him over the death of his beloved dog.
She had described in graphic detail sex with other men and sent a 49-second clip of her performing oral sex on her new partner as she berated Metzger with messages about how he was ‘ugly, bald and had rotten teeth.’
Police said the messages for which she was indicted were among the ‘most extreme’ examples of bullying they had ever seen.
DiLucente told DailyMail.com that the texts were ‘immoral’ but that he is confident they did not meet the criminal threshold.
Just six weeks after the barrage of texts, Metzger took to Facebook before killing himself. He wrote: ‘I can’t do this anymore. She needs [to be] punished. The courts are too slow.’
Mandie Reusch, 35, and Kevin Metzger, 37, are pictured before their bitter estrangement. He killed himself on June 18 after prosecutors say she subjected him to ‘heinous’ bullying
Mandie Reusch, 35, is accused of aiding suicide and she will make her first appearance in court on June 27
In messages sent via WhatsApp and seen exclusively by DailyMail.com, Reusch tells Metzger that she’s moving in with her new boyfriend, bragging about his sexual prowess.
The volley of messages began at 2.49am on May 5, 2021 – just over a month before Metzger took his own life.
She tells the father of her child that their daughter will refer to her new boyfriend as ‘dad’ from now on.
‘You won’t see her for Father’s Day or any holiday,’ Reusch writes while also complaining that Metzger owes her money.
‘My kids will be literally better off with any role model other than you… if you show up here again we have a gun and I will call the police.’
‘From now on we are [her new boyfriend’s surname] and you do not exist. [He] is her dad now. Not you. Don’t ever ask about her again. She isn’t your daughter. You’ll never hear about her again either.’
In another message, the suspect says that she ‘hopes’ for their daughter’s sake that he ‘kills himself.’
‘She will call [him] “dad” because he’s a way better dad than you. Kill yourself. I mean it… I actually want you to kill yourself because I think you are the worst person on this planet.’
Kevin Metzger, 37, was the victim of seemingly never ending abusive text messages that only ended when he took his own life in June 2021
In his obituary, Metzger’s daughter is referred to as being the ‘light of his life’
‘Kevin just wanted to be a present dad and she tormented him for years,’ a friend told DailyMail.com
In various messages, Reusch accuses Metzger of ruining Mother’s Day for her. Seemingly because of this, she is willing to withhold parental access.
‘Who knows how big she’ll be when you see her again. Or if she will even remember you’, she wrote.
In one exchange, Reusch says that Metzger killed their dog, Zoe. She says that she is shredding a book of photos of the pet, that the dog actually hated him and that she and her new boyfriend were going to have sex on top of the book.
‘That dog f***ing hated you and ran away every chance she could. Just like I ran away to suck anyone else’s d**k but yours because you’re literally the worst person I’ve ever met in my life,’ she wrote.
After saying that he killed their dog, Reusch once again says he will get shot if he attempts to come near to her.
On multiple occasions, Reusch refers to Metzger as a ‘woman beater’ and ‘abusive.’
Reusch sends Metzger a photo of her new boyfriend and says that [Metzger] has ruined every holiday ‘by making it about [Metzger’s] bald head and beer belly and rotting teeth.’
A friend of Metzger’s shared with DailyMail.com a Facebook post in which he said that Reusch was trying ‘to get me to kill myself for the money. I got the texts.’
In this series of text messages, Reusch sent Metzger a clip of her performing oral sex on another man
‘Kevin just wanted to be a present dad and she tormented him for years,’ that friend told DailyMail.com.
Later, Reusch says that she will move with their child to West Virginia. ‘Call my f***in’ bluff,’ she texts.
In a separate exchange she wrote: ‘I wanted you to be normal and romantic one time. I wanted you to come to an agreement and follow it. It wasn’t my fault that we didn’t work. But damn am I going to get closure from you turning out to be the abusive f***head that you are.’
Reusch followed that message with a 49 second clip showing a woman performing oral sex on her new partner. She does not mention the clip in the text messages.
On Mother’s Day 2021, Reusch texted Metzger to say she would be having sex with her new partner as their daughter ‘calls him daddy,’ prosecutors say
Throughout the barrage of text messages that were seen by DailyMail.com, Metzger never responds.
Reusch’s attorney has rejected comparisons between the allegations facing his client and the 2014 case of Conrad Roy, then 18, and Michelle Carter, then 17.
In 2017, Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after it emerged that she sent Roy text messages encouraging him to commit suicide. He ended his life via carbon monoxide poisoning. Carter was released from prison in 2020.
DiLucente said that prosecutors are comparing the two cases. ‘[Carter] was actually telling him reinforcing him to do it, planning it, the methods and the means, you don’t have any of that here, what you have is an emotional relationship between two persons involving their child,’ the attorney said.
The lawyer said that the messages sent by Reusch to Metzger could be considered ‘immoral.’
‘I do not see it fitting a criminal charge such as aiding a suicide. There was no coercion, duress, there was no methods and means,’ he said.
‘There’s always two sides to a story and our side of the story will be told in the course of this case,’ DiLucente added.
‘The preliminary hearings are going to be long. And I think there’s going to be a wealth of information discerned,’ the lawyer concluded.
Prosecutors have been investigating Metzger’s death for two years.
Officials said his suicide note that began with the words ‘maybe she was right’ as well as postings on his Facebook page detailed the ‘trail of torment and solicitation’ that he was allegedly put through by Reusch. In a press release, prosecutors also called the messages she sent Metzger ‘heinous and graphic.’
In court documents, Reusch is referred to as Metzger’s ‘on-again/off-again’ girlfriend. The pair previously lived together in Irwin, Pennsylvania.
At a press conference, Trooper Steve Limani called the ‘bullying’ that Metzger endured as some of the worst he’s ever seen.
‘This is the next level or most extreme amount of bullying I’ve seen, read about, heard about, where somebody is constantly telling someone to end their life,’ Limani said.
‘You’re talking about the three of the biggest triggers you can have when making someone feel awful,’ he added.
In a separate interview with CBS Pittsburgh, DiLucente said: ‘My God, if we’re going to start prosecuting people for sending harsh texts to one another versus it being verbally communicated, then we are on a different path on our legal system.’