West Valley City man charged in death of his grandfather

WEST VALLEY CITY — A 35-year-old man has been charged with second degree felony manslaughter in the death of his grandfather.

Jason Norththrup was arrested on June 12 in West Valley City after a violent fight with 80-year-old Sherral “Red” Northrup.

Jason Ryan Northrup charged with second degree felony manslaughter in death of grandfather.

West Valley Police said at the time the younger Northrup pushed the elder Northrup down, causing him to fall and hit his head.

Red Northrup suffered a traumatic head injury and was rushed to a hospital but died a short time later.

According to charging documents released Wednesday, Jason Northrup recklessly caused the death of his grandfather.

When officers responded to the scene, Jason Northrup told them “I killed my grandpa,” according to a probable cause statement.

Both men lived at the home and had been arguing for several weeks, and the argument became heated that morning.

In a post-Miranda interview at the police station, Jason Northrup said he fought with his grandfather and “supermanned him,” according to the probable cause statement.

Jason Northrup remains in the Salt Lake County jail and his bail has been set at $200,000.