An 18-year-old boy is charged with murder in the death of his 16-year-old friend.
According to KSL, Jchandra Brown of Payson, Utah was found hanging by a rope on May 6. Prosecutors believe that her friend, Tyerell Przybycien, helped her kill herself and recorded the suicide—without trying to save her.
Przybycien is charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and desecration of a human body, a class B misdemeanor.
In court, jurors watched the 10-minute video showing the death. Przybycien asks Brown to "say something, please." As the girl's body becomes still, he keeps recording and adding commentary. "Um, are you there? Move or something," he adds. "Thumbs up if you're OK."
Toward the end of the video, Przybycien says, "that's when the brain stops getting any oxygen," and, "I guess I'll just leave this here now."
Brown's mother believes her daughter was "groomed" by Przybycien to carry out the suicide. His lawyers are challenging the murder charge but he reportedly admitted to the police that he helped.
"I helped," Przybycien told police. "I feel guilty, I feel like I did murder her."
Both students attended Spanish Fork High as of earlier this year.
[Photo: Utah County Jail]