Spanish Fork teen competent to stand trial for helping younger teen end her life

Defendant Tyerell Joe Przybycien, 18, of Spanish Fork on August 23, 2017. File photo: Court pool

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Feb. 20, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A 18-year-old man accused of helping a younger teen hang herself in 2017 has been found competent to stand trial.

Tyerell Przybycien is accused of helping 16-year-old Jchandra Brown end her life on May 5, 2017. Przybycien, now 18, is scheduled for a March 27 pretrial hearing. He previously pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder and one count of failure to report finding a dead body.

Pryzbycien, of Spanish Fork, was charged after hunters came upon the body of Brown, hanging from a tree in Payson Canyon. Brown was also from Spanish Fork.

According to information Sgt. Spencer Cannon, of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, gave Gephardt Daily at the time, Pryzbycien approached the hunters to say he had been with Brown at the time of her death.

There was a cellphone video of Brown’s death, and evidence that connected Pryzbycien to the purchase of the items used in her death.

“It was determined that he played an active role in the death,” Cannon said.

The phone recording included a conversation in which Pryzbycien asked Brown if she still wanted to go through with it, Cannon said. The girl indicated that she did. Pryzbycien also admitted that before the hanging, he picked the girl up in his car and drove her to the chosen location.

“He told detectives he had a sort of fascination with death, and wanted to watch someone die,” Cannon said.


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