Hate Crime Charges Possible In Oregon Murder

Police say they're still working to determine if race may have been a factor in the murder of Aidan Ellison, shot to death last week in a hotel parking lot after an argument over loud music. KOBI's Katie Streit reports.

ASHLAND, Ore. (KOBI/NBC News) — Police in Ashland, Oregon say they’re still working to determine if hate crime charges could be applied in the murder of 19-year-old Aidan Ellison.

Ellison was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Stratford Inn on the morning of November 23rd.

The suspect, Robert Paul Keegan, was arrested at the scene and charged with both murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara says while his investigators don’t have sufficient evidence to prove this was a hate crime, they aren’t ruling it out.

“That’s a very legitimate and important thing for us to look at. Right now, we can’t substantiate that race was a factor. If that changes at some point then some different charges can be considered,” O’Meara says.

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