Thursday, October 18, 2018

New Charges in Assisted Suicide Case Regarding 16 Year Old Girl

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A 19-year-old Spanish Fork man charged with murder in the death of a high school student is facing additional charges.

Tyerell Przybycien was originally charged with one first-degree felony of murder and one third-degree felony of failure to report a dead body after reportedly buying rope, driving a friend to a campground in Payson Canyon and then recording her as she inhaled air cleaner, passed out and died by hanging.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

House Passes Bill Criminalizing Assisted Suicide

Rep. Michael McKell
Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune  

The Utah House passed a bill Tuesday that would criminalize helping someone commit suicide — despite some concern from lawmakers that the bill could unintentionally target physicians or family members of terminally ill patients.

Rep. Michael McKell, R-Spanish Fork, has sponsored House Bill 86, which would amend Utah’s manslaughter statute to include assisted suicide. This means a person would be guilty of a second-degree felony — which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison — if prosecutors can prove he or she provided “the physical means” for someone to commit suicide.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Assisting Suicide Should Have Legal Recourse

Tyerell Przybycien
Deseret News Editorial Board

Occasionally, someone commits a crime so heinous and disturbing it leads to demands for specific changes in law. Such is the case in Utah in the wake of the suicide of a 16-year-old girl and the efforts of a young man accused of helping, abetting and encouraging her.

A bill before the Utah Legislature would add assisted suicide to the state’s manslaughter statute. That is an appropriate measure that could give law enforcement authorities more prosecutorial leverage.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Lawmaker proposes 'assisted suicide' law after teen allegedly helped girl kill herself

SALT LAKE CITY (KSTU) -- A state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would create a sort of "assisted suicide" law in response to the death of a Utah County girl and a man charged with murder.

Tyerell Przybycien is facing a murder charge in the death of 16-year-old Jchandra Brown. He is accused of purchasing supplies, goading the girl into taking her own life and taking video of the death.