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West Valley man said it was self-defense, but prosecutors say it was murder

West Valley man said it was self-defense, but prosecutors say it was murder

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police say a West Valley man claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed his friend.

But prosecutors say he committed a murder.

Glen Clark Hogue, 58, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with murder, a first-degree felony, in addition to discharging a firearm and causing injury, a second-degree felony.

Hogue called 911 about 12:45 a.m. on March 23 to report that he had shot his friend in the motor home parked outside Hogue's house, 1504 W. Claybourne Ave. (2800 South), according to charging documents. Police arrived to find Troy Gerry Frampton, 60, dead inside the vehicle with gunshot wounds to his face and chest. An autopsy determined the fatal shot was the one to the chest.

Hogue told police the two had been drinking inside the motor home when Frampton pulled out a gun to show off. Hogue grabbed the gun, and during the ensuing struggle over the weapon a shot was fired into the floor, according to the charges.

After Hogue had taken control of the gun, he told police he emptied a round that was in the chamber.

"Instead of returning the now unloaded gun to Frampton, Hogue put the round ejected from the chamber into the magazine, loaded the magazine back into the gun, and kept it," the charges state.

Hogue told police that Frampton got "belligerent" about getting his gun back, so Hogue "jacked a round into (the chamber)" and told his friend to sit down, according to the charging documents.


Approximately 30 minutes after the discharge of the first round into the floor, Frampton rushed at Hogue and Hogue shot Frampton twice.

–Charging documents


"At some point, approximately 30 minutes after the discharge of the first round into the floor, Frampton rushed at Hogue and Hogue shot Frampton twice," the charges say.

When he was arrested, Hogue told police several times "this was self-defense," according to a police affidavit. West Valley police released a prepared statement, however, saying "the evidence and information gathered through this investigation does not support the claim of self-defense."

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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