Federal prosecutors have dismissed a citation issued to the newly wed husband of a woman BASE jumper killed when her parachute failed to properly open during a prohibited, 2,000-foot plunge at southern Utah's Zion National Park.
Park spokeswoman Aly Baltrus confirmed Wednesday that 29-year-old Clayton Butler, of Salt Lake City, was given a notice of violation under the Code of Federal Regulations, specifically a section that bans parachuting from an aircraft, structure or natural feature in national parks. But as of Wednesday night, prosecutors had dismissed the charge.
"To be sure, BASE jumping in Zion National Park is unlawful, and this tragic BASE jumping accident underscores some of the reasoning behind the regulations which prohibit such conduct in Zion National Park," wrote Melodyie Rydalch, spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney David Barlow. "Nevertheless, the interests of justice do not warrant prosecution of Mr. Butler."