Lori Drew MySpace Suicide Hoax Conviction Thrown Out

Prosecutors contend that Drew suspected that Megan was spreading rumors about her daughter. Grills testified that Drew thought the MySpace account was a funny idea and was present about half of the time when Grills and Sarah Drew sent messages to Megan.

In October 2006, another neighborhood girl obtained the password to the Josh account and sent Megan a message saying that Josh no longer wanted to be her friend. The next day, an online argument escalated until Grills, posing as Josh, told Megan the world would be a better place without her in it.

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About 20 minutes later, Tina Meier found her daughter hanging from her belt in her bedroom closet. She died at the hospital the next day.

Grills said during an interview with "Good Morning America" that she wrote that final message in an effort to end the online relationship with Josh because she felt the joke had gone too far.

Drew's lawyers have said Drew was aware of the fake profile, but did not know about the cruel messages, and did not know of the final message telling Meier that the world would be a better place without her.

Police and prosecutors in the St. Louis area concluded that no laws had been broken. But when Ron and Tina Meier told a local newspaper what happened, the story took on a life of its own.

The suicide generated headlines around the world. Drew's lawyers say she and her family were forced to leave the neighborhood after received threats and harassing phone calls.

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