Criminal Law

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Teen Over Loud Music

An Oregon man accused of killing a black teen at a hotel during a dispute over loud music has pleaded not guilty, prosecutors said.

Robert Paul Keegan, 47, of Talent, entered the plea Friday to charges including second-degree murder in the fatal Nov. 23 shooting of 19-year-old Aidan Ellison, according to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Keegan — who was staying at the Stratford Inn hotel in Ashland with his 3-year-old son after being displaced from their home in September during one of the state’s wildfires — became enraged at Ellison playing loud music in the parking lot at about 4 a.m., Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara previously said.

O’Meara clarified his comments about Keegan’s alleged motive on Thursday, saying the “only thing” that caused Ellison’s death was the suspect’s actions.

Read the source article at New York Post

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