Murder of Aaron Friar by Gavin MacFarlane and Ellen Frair investigated on Snapped: Killer Couples

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Gavin MacFarlane admitted to killing Aaron Friar with a baseball bat. Pic credit: Medford, OR, Police Department

Snapped: Killer Couples is examining the murder of Aaron Friar, who was beaten to death by Gavin MacFarlane while he slept in his home in Medford, Oregon.

MacFarlane was assisted in the murder by his friend Russell Jones and Aaron’s daughter, Ellen Friar, whom he was dating.

Aaron disapproved of 19-year-old Aaron’s relationship with his 15-year-old daughter, and this caused considerable tension between the three that led the young couple to murder him.

In the early hours of October 2, 2017, the Medford cops were asked to perform a welfare check on the Friar’s home, where they found evidence of a disturbance. And there was no sign of 50-year-old Aaron or his car.

Later that day, Aaron’s car was found abandoned on a residential street about five miles from his home.

An hour later, the police located Ellen Friar, MacFarlane, and Jones walking in the town and detained them on suspicion of being involved with Aaron’s disappearance.

The following day, investigators recovered Aaron’s body from behind a dirt embankment on a rural route to the east of Medford.

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Gavin MacFarlane, Ellen Friar, and Russell Jones wrote plans on how they would commit murder

The cops later found a detailed plan written by the murderous trio on how they would kill Aaron. They also found another plan detailing how they intended to kill Jones’s father. All three killers decided to plead guilty.

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Russell Jones admitted to playing a key role in the murder of Aaron Friar. Pic credit: Medford, OR, Police Department

Investigators concluded that MacFarlane had used a baseball bat to beat Aaron to death while he slept.

They then stole Aaron’s car to transport and dump the body. They also stole items from the home.

Ellen Friar and her accomplices confessed to killing her father, Aaron Friar

MacFarlane pleaded guilty to murder, tampering with physical evidence, and criminal conspiracy to commit murder. He was sentenced to life in prison, but he has the possibility of parole after serving 25 years.

Jones entered no-contest pleas to the crime of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted robbery and must serve 15 years behind bars plus two years of supervision.

Aaron’s daughter, Ellen Friar, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit burglary. She was sentenced to 25 years but will remain at a juvenile facility until she is 25. She was tried as an adult due to the severity of her crime.

Snapped: Killer Couples airs Sundays at 6/5c on Oxygen.

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