‘Thumbs up if you’re OK’ – Przybycien to suicide victim as her recorded the event
Tyerell Przybycien is accused of helping the 16-year-old Jchandra Brown kill herself near Provo, Utah, on May 6
Przybycien, 18, is charged with murder in the death of Jchandra Brown
Przybycien allegedly bought her rope and drove Brown to a remote canyon, he then filmed Brown hanging herself for 10 minutes
A court witnessed the horrifying cellphone footage on Wednesday
Prosecutors claim a voice belonging to Przybycien says: ‘Thumbs up if you’re OK’ and at the end of the video ‘that’s when the brain stops getting any oxygen’
The suspect allegedly admitted to cops that he picked Brown up, bought the rope and drove her to the location where she ultimately killed herself
He is charged with murder and desecration of a human body
Tyerell Przybycien [left] allegedly bought her rope, drove Jchandra Brown [right] to a remote canyon and filmed Brown hanging herself for 10 minutes.
A courtroom witnessed the horrifying video that a teen filmed as he allegedly helped his friend commit suicide by buying her a noose.
Tyerell Przybycien, 18, is charged with murder in the death of 16-year-old Jchandra Brown, a friend he allegedly helped commit suicide near Provo, Utah, on May 6.
The teenager went so far as to pick up Brown from her job, bought rope for her to hang herself with, drove her to a remote canyon and filmed her death, police claim.
In court on Wednesday, prosecutors played the cellphone video they said Przybycien filmed right before Brown died and several minutes after she hanged herself.
A voice could be heard calling out to Brown, ‘thumbs up if you’re OK’ and after 10 minutes passed, the man says, ‘that’s when the brain stops getting any oxygen.’
Terrible teen: Tyerell Przybycien, is charged with murder in the death of Jchandra Brown. He is accused of helping the 16-year-old kill herself near Provo, Utah, on May 6
Officials claim the voice belongs to Przybycien and he can be heard calling out to Brown and getting no response, reported the Desert News.
Prosecutor Chad Grunander said Przybycien’s intentions make it a murder case, if an unusual one. He is charged with murder and desecration of a human body.
Authorities said Przybycien researched methods and exchanged text messages with a friend, saying he wanted to help Brown kill herself.
‘It’s like getting away with murder!’ he wrote, according to court documents.
At first, authorities thought Przybycien was a traumatized witness in the case, not a suspect, reported KSL.
Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Chaplin testified on Wednesday and said: ‘Based on what he had told me, he had witnessed a traumatic event, and I was concerned. I wondered if we needed to get him help.’
Chaplin said Przybycien admitted that he picked Brown up, bought the rope and drove her to the location where she ultimately killed herself.
Police said Przybycien [photo], researched methods and texted a friend, saying he wanted to help Brown kill herself. ‘It’s like getting away with murder!’ he allegedly wrote
Next to Brown’s body was a cellphone with the 10-minute video Przybycien is accused of recording.
The horrifying footage was started in the court with Przybycien allegedly asking Brown to ‘say something, please’ as he recorded the girl hanging.
The voice continues to talk in the clip, saying ‘Um, are you there? Move or something,’ and ‘Thumbs up if you’re OK.’
The video ends with: ‘That’s when the brain stops getting any oxygen. I guess I’ll just leave this here now.’
Przybycien is seen during the approximately 10 minute video checking Brown’s pulse and talking to her every once in a while to see if she has died, according to the sheriff’s office. But he did not make an attempt to stop her, police say.
Jchandra Brown’s [photo], was ‘groomed by a predator ‘ to go through with the suicide, according to her family
Brown’s mother, Sue Bryan, accused Przybycien of being a predator and ‘grooming’ her daughter to go through with the suicide.
Brown’s aunt Polly Mejia added: ‘Her problem was she thought she’d found a friend and instead she’d found a monster.’
A friend of Przybycien’s said that the day before Brown killed herself, Przybycien visited him and they talked about murder.
Another friend claims that Przybycien had texted her talking about suicide.
According to transcripts of the message, police claim that Przybycien wrote: ‘The thing is … I wanna help kill them. It be awesome.
‘Seriously I’m going to help her. It’s like getting away with murder! I’m so (expletive) up. I’m seriously not joking. Its going down in about a week or two.’
Przybycien was also charged with possessing child pornography after police found images of girls who appeared to be under the age of five as they searched his phone for evidence in the investigation of Brown’s death.
The hearing comes weeks after a Massachusetts woman, Michelle Carter, was sentenced to 15 months in jail following her conviction of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and telling him to ‘get back in’ a truck filled with carbon monoxide.
Przybycien was also charged with sexual exploitation of a minor after police found images of girls who appeared to be under age five on his phone
Police also questioned Przybycien about whether Brown believed he, too, intended to kill himself. He said he had, in later weeks, believing the guilt of helping Brown would push him to do so. He also acknowledged he was “curious” about seeing someone die.
During conversations with police, Przybycien talked multiple times about feeling guilty for his role in Brown’s death.
“I helped,” Przybycien told police. “I feel guilty, I feel like I did murder her.”
Przybycien and Brown were both students at Spanish Fork High, though school officials said at the time of the Brown’s death that Przybycien hadn’t attended since March.
Przybycien is also facing charges in a separate, ongoing case. Police who obtained a warrant to search Przybycien’s phone after his arrest reported they found child pornography and he was later charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.