Talent man appears in court after fatal shooting in Ashland

By Adam Schumes

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ASHLAND, Ore. — A Talent man had his first court appearance on Tuesday in connection to a shooting in the parking lot of the Stratford Inn early Monday morning.

The suspect, identified as 47-year-old Robert Paul Keegan, is being lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter in the First Degree, Reckless Endangering, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

He is currently being held without bail. Keegan’s next court appearance is set for December 2nd at 4 p.m.

Keegan is suspected of killing 19-year-old Aidan Ellison on Monday morning in the parking lot of the Stratford Inn. According to Ashland Police Chief Tighe O'Meara, Keegan confronted Ellison to complain that he was playing "loud music" in his car. Keegan allegedly shot Ellison once in the chest during the resulting argument, killing the young man.

"Yes, there was an argument over music — no, this did not happen because of loud music," Chief O'Meara later said in a Facebook post. "It happened because the suspect chose to bring a gun with him and chose to use it, 100 percent on him, not the poor young man that was murdered."

NewsWatch 12 spoke to a friend of Ellison, who said he was a great man.

“Aidan had the kindest kind of soul, you know, he, he would say for all his feelings, just so he didn't hurt yours," said Sara Jones, Ellison's roommate. "He was a good kid. He was full of laughter love. He, he was just a great person. He always liked to have fun."

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