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A Pennsylvania woman, who sent “unrelenting” texts urging her ex to kill himself and said he would never see their daughter until he finally took his own life, is one step closer to trial on aiding suicide charges after her preliminary hearing Tuesday.
A Westmoreland County judge dismissed a lesser misdemeanor harassment charge against Mandie Reusch, a 35-year-old Greensburg resident who prosecutors say harassed and bullied 37-year-old Kevin Metzger, and Army veteran, until he killed himself on June 18, 2021 – two days before Father’s Day. However, the court found probable cause for the felony charge of aiding suicide.
Court documents in the case outline the graphic and abusive nature of the texts in which Reusch allegedly referred to other men as the “new dads” of Metzger’s daughter and made explicit claims about her sexual relationships with them. At least once, she sent him a video of herself having sex with another man. She even allegedly told him that his dead dog hated him.
In the December before he died, Metzger received the following: “At least if you were out in a tent dying somewhere then your daughter would have a home to live in for Christmas.”
The messages were “continuous and unrelenting for months,” according to Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli. In a suicide note, as well as on his social media, investigators found “a trail of torment and solicitation.”
“I’m haunted I’m f—ed up. I can’t do this.”
— Kevin Metzger to a friend on the day he took his own life
“But knowing you, that policy probably lapsed and youll (sic) leave us with nothing but your disgusting body to throw in a hole,” she allegedly added.
Prior to Metzger’s death, Reusch had been charged with harassment – but prosecutors were forced to drop that after Metzger died before her preliminary hearing.
Two days before Father’s Day in 2021, she told him he could not see their daughter. He killed himself that same day, prosecutors said.
“It’s bad, it’s really bad right now,” he wrote to a friend that day. “I’m haunted I’m f—ed up. I can’t do this.”
Fox News’ Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.