Gavin Curtis MacFarlane

Police: Homicide victim was bludgeoned

Local report

A Medford man whose body was found dumped over an embankment Monday had been bludgeoned to death in his bed, police said Wednesday.

Aaron Friar, 50, died of "blunt head trauma," according to Medford police.

Findings released by Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson confirmed that Friar was a victim of homicide.

The suspects in the crime include Friar's 15-year-old daughter, Ellen Rose Friar, her boyfriend, Gavin Curtis MacFarlane, 19, and Russell Pierce Jones II, 22, according to Medford police.

The three are accused of killing Aaron Friar early Monday morning in an apparent robbery at the victim's home in the 500 block of Benson Street. Information about the murder weapon has not been released.

Ellen Friar, MacFarlane and Jones were arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Wednesday on felony charges of murder, murder conspiracy and first-degree robbery alleging they stole Aaron Friar's vehicle and other property from the home.

Ellen Friar is being processed as an adult, though she is being held at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center. The suspects also face a misdemeanor charge of tampering with evidence alleging they moved Aaron Friar's body, which was found Monday afternoon in the 9100 block of East Antelope Road.

MacFarlane also faces a felony charge of third-degree rape alleging he engaged in a sexual relationship with Ellen Friar.

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