Girl facing charges related to Tysen Benz's death appears in court

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The case of an 11-year-old boy’s suicide was before a Marquette County Probate Court judge Monday afternoon. The 13-year-old girl involved in the social media prank that’s alleged to have caused Tysen Benz’s death, was in court for her preliminary hearing.

Judge Cheryl Hill of Marquette County Probate Court.

Monday’s court hearing was the official reading of the charges, malicious use of telecommunication services and using a computer to commit a crime.

The teenage girl, who is not being named because of her age, is now scheduled for an extended preliminary hearing on June 20 at 11AM.

Police report Benz took his own life after a social media prank went too far. The sixth-grader was taken off life support three weeks after he hanged himself in his home.

Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese said this case could go a couple of ways—one is a full jury trial, and two is a more holistic approach, which could include treatment of programs for the juvenile charged.

TV6 and FOX UP will continue to follow this story.

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