Utah teenager Tyerell Przybycien was found mentally competent to stand trial on Tuesday for his alleged role in the death of a 16-year-old girl, who hung herself in 2017. Last year, Przybycien, 18, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and to the failure of reporting a dead body.
A pre-trial conference has been set up for March 27.
In the trial, prosecutors are expected to show that Przybycien texted a friend before the girl’s death, expressing how excited he was to assist 16-year-old Jchandra Brown in her suicide.
“It be awesome,” he wrote, according to Inside Edition. “Be like getting away with murder.”
Brown reportedly asked for Przybycien’s assistance in killing herself.
After that, he texted a friend, asking, “What you do if you knew a friend was trying to commit suicide?”
The friend replied, according to the The Washington Post, “Talk them out of ut [sic].”
“The thing is,” Przybycien replied, “I wanna help kill them. It be awesome. Seriously im going to help her. Its like getting away with murder! . . . I’m seriously not joking. It’s going down in about a week or two.”
Prosecutors believe that Przybycien bought a rope, which he helped fasten to a tree for Brown. He even allegedly tied the noose. Przybycien also allegedly recorded the teen putting the noose around her neck and inhaling pressurized air from an air duster that Przybycien purchased. The pressurized air caused Brown to pass out and fall off the platform on which she was standing. The cell phone containing the video of the teen dying was left near her body, in addition to a receipt for the rope, which listed Przybycien’s credit card.
Last October, Przybycien’s lawyers attempted to argue that Brown was responsible for her own death, Fox 13 Now reported.
[Photo: Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Facebook]