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Affidavit: Police find no evidence of shooting suspect's self-defense claim

Talent resident Robert Keegan, 47, claims he was defending himself when he shot and killed 19-year-old Aidan Ellison in Ashland Nov. 23, but an autopsy and investigation revealed no evidence of that, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the homicide case.

According to the affidavit, at 4:33 a.m. Nov. 23, Keegan shot Ellison through the heart and lungs using a Mossberg MC1 9mm semi-automatic handgun, killing him.

Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert released the probable cause affidavit one week after Keegan was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and unlawfully possessing a concealed firearm.

The court typically does not release probable cause affidavits until the case concludes. Heckert said she did not object to releasing the Keegan affidavit now because most facts in the case are already public, and the investigative portion of the case referenced in the document has been completed.

Pointing the weapon at Ellison represented “reckless and extreme indifference to the value of human life,” according to the affidavit. Keegan is also accused of endangering a bystander witness when he shot Ellison with the hotel clerk nearby.

About 4 a.m. the night of the killing, Keegan allegedly awoke to loud music being played from the parking lot at the Stratford Inn, according to the affidavit. Keegan asked Ellison to turn the music down and Ellison refused, the affidavit says.

Keegan then retrieved his firearm and complained about the noise to the front desk clerk, according to the affidavit. The clerk was talking to Ellison when Keegan continued the confrontation and shot Ellison.

According to the affidavit, Keegan told investigators that Ellison punched him multiple times in the face. Ellison’s autopsy revealed no marks indicative of punching, and Keegan had no visible facial injuries at the time of his arrest.

“Keegan said he backed up, racked a round, and shot Ellison in the chest because he was in fear for his physical safety,” the affidavit says.

Contact Ashland Tidings reporter Allayana Darrow at adarrow@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497 and follow her on Twitter @AllayanaD.

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