Provo, UT.   –    A judge has ruled that an 18-year-old Utah man will face trial for murder in connection with the suicide of a 16-year-old friend, who he encouraged to hang herself.

On Tuesday, 4th District Court Judge James Brady ordered Tyerell Przybycien to face trial on charges of murder and abuse or desecration of a human body, on the allegations that he was deeply involved in 16-year-old Jchandra Brown’s suicide planning.

Authorities detail that on May 5th, the two drove to Payson Canyon, south of Salt Lake City. There they tied a rope to a tree and built a makeshift platform. Przybycien then proceeded to record Brown with a cellphone, while Brown inhaled compressed air and stepped off the platform.

Prosecutors presented a receipt that showed that Przybycien purchased the rope, tied the noose and said that he would film the suicide. Przybycien had reportedly told her at times that he would also kill himself.

Przybycien’s lawyers argue, that in the end, the girl made her own choice citing two suicide notes in her handwriting.

Przybycien will be arraigned next week on the charges, where he will enter a formal plea.

Judge Brady said it will be up to a jury to decide whether the girl would have taken her life without Przybycien’s help.

This case follows a similar case, earlier this year in Massachusetts, where Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself.

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