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A Holladay man was charged with murder Tuesday after allegedly attacking his father, who died days later from his injuries.
Shane Paul Wright, 24, was charged with murder, a first-degree felony, in 3rd District Court. He was arrested Oct. 1 after dispatchers received a "suspicious" medical call from him at about 5:30 a.m. from a home near 4000 South and 2600 East, said Unified police Lt. Brian Lohrke.
"It's gruesome," the son said during the 911 call detailed in a probable-cause statement. "I helped my dad kill himself."
When police arrived, they found the father 53-year-old Bryan Wright with an electrical cord around his neck. He was transported to a hospital in "extremely critical" condition, charging documents state, and the son was arrested.
After a few days, Bryan Wright did not show signs of improvement or any brain activity, charges say. He died Oct. 5, two days after medical care was withdrawn. A state medical examiner determined that his death was a homicide from strangulation.
Shane Wright allegedly told police that he was trying to help his dad through his pain. Originally, charges state, he tried to strangle his father with his hands, but "didn't feel like he had enough strength," so he used an extension cord to choke his father and smothered him with a pillow.
Shane Wright, who was being held on a $1 million cash-only bail at the Salt Lake County jail, is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Monday.