PROVO — A Spanish Fork man accused of murder after investigators say he helped a teenager take her own life is competent to proceed to trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Attorneys for Tyerell Przybycien, 18, requested last month that the Spanish Fork man be evaluated to determine whether he is legally capable of facing the charges against him in court.
After two evaluations recommended that Przybycien is competent to proceed, 4th District Judge James Brady ordered that the case move forward, according to prosecutor Chad Grunander.
Przybycien has been ordered to stand trial on charges of murder, a first-degree felony, and desecration of a human body, a class B misdemeanor, in the death of 16-year-old Jchandra Brown last May.
Prosecutors argued in a preliminary hearing last year that while Brown had sought to take her own life, Przybycien was responsible for the girl's death because he bought her a rope and other items used in the suicide, drove her to a remote site in Payson Canyon, tied the noose for her and recorded her death on a cellphone.
Przybycien's attorneys maintain that Brown was knowingly responsible for her own death and that Przybycien's actions don't fit the requirements for a murder charge.Comment on this story
Przybycien is next due in court March 27.
Przybycien is also charged in a separate case with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. In that case, police who obtained a warrant to search Przybycien's phone after Brown's death, reported finding child pornography. The case remains on hold while the murder charge is adjudicated.
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