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Teen admits to planning father's murder

A Medford teenager has admitted to planning with her boyfriend to kill her father when she was 15 years old.

Ellen Rose Friar, 17, pleaded guilty Friday to an adult felony charge of conspiring to murder her father, Aaron Neil Friar, who was killed while he slept on his couch in the first block of Almond Street early the morning of Oct. 2, 2017. She also pleaded no-contest to a felony count of conspiring to commit first-degree burglary, according to a release issued Friday by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

While not an admission of guilt, a no-contest plea has the same legal consequences as a guilty plea.

She will be sentenced as an adult on April 2 and faces a negotiated 25 years in prison, according to documents filed Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Friar’s boyfriend, Gavin Curtis MacFarlane, who was 19 at the time of the homicide, admitted last fall to bludgeoning Aaron Friar with a baseball bat, loading the body into Friar’s car and dumping it outside Eagle Point. On Oct. 5, 2018, MacFarlane was sentenced to life in prison with a 25-year minimum.

The couple were angry that Aaron Friar had pursued statutory rape charges against his daughter’s out-of-high school boyfriend, according to earlier news reports.

Friar and MacFarlane allegedly made written plans for the murder with Russell Pierce Jones, 23, who still has pending charges of murder, conspiring to commit murder, first-degree robbery and a misdemeanor evidence tampering charge. Jones has a trial date scheduled for the first week of February, alleging he planned the murder against Friar’s father and made written plans against his own father.