UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 Utah)- The teen accused of helping another teen commit suicide will be charged for murder, a judge ruled Monday.
18-year-old Tyerell Przybycien was arrested in May after investigators say he facilitated in the suicide of 16-year-old Jchandra Brown. Prosecutors say Przybycien encouraged Brown to kill herself and if it wasn’t for his actions “[Brown] would not have hung herself and died”.
His attorneys argued in a hearing last week that she was ultimately responsible for her suicide.
Judge James Brady agreed with prosecutors and ruled there is probable cause that Przybycien “acted with intent to cause [Brown’s] death” and that a jury should decide whether his actions caused her death or if her death was the result of her own actions.
In addition to murder, Przybycien is also facing charges of desecration of a corpse for failing to report her body to local law enforcement.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on October 24th on the charges.
Other resources available:
Utah County Crisis Line: 801-226-4433
Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
National Crisis Line: 1-800-784-2433
Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386
NAMI Utah: namiut.org
Salt Lake Mental Health: saltlakementalhealth.com
Utah Chapter – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org/chapter/afsp-utah/