When he was faced with the drug possession charges, the man claimed that it was all for his own personal use. Witnesses reportedly said they heard Marhanka yell out in the courtroom, “I don’t want to live anymore,” just before he drew out two sharp metal objects and quickly ended his life by slashing his neck. Although he was rushed to a nearby hospital very quickly, doctors were unable to save him and pronounced Tyrel Martin Marhanka dead.
The following statement was issued by the court located in Chengu County near the western city of Taichung: “We deeply regret that Tyrel Martin Marhanka killed himself during the sentencing.. He was cooperative during the investigation and the trial. His attitude was mild and he did not show any signs that he would [kill himself].”