Man Sentenced in 2021 Bear Creek Greenway Murder

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office announced yesterday, that Richard Kemo John Hall entered a no contest plea to Manslaughter in the First Degree stemming from an incident that law enforcement believes occurred in March 2021.

On March 26, 2021 Medford Police Department responded to a body located on the Bear Creek Greenway, buried in a shallow grave and found by witnesses.

The body was identified as Aaron Mather and an autopsy indicated that the cause of death was massive blunt head and facial trauma, and manner of death was homicide.

As law enforcement interviewed witnesses on the greenway, several people believed Richard Hall could be a suspect due to hostility between Hall and the victim over a female. The witnesses also gave varying timelines of when the victim had last been seen living in the area. The mentioned female was located and interviewed. She provided law enforcement with a statement that the defendant told her he had killed the victim. Other witnesses stated that the defendant had been seen selling off a few of the victim’s items after the victim had last been seen in the area.

The defendant was located on the greenway and ran from law enforcement upon initial contact, but was arrested on a warrant for Trespass in the Second Degree. He was interviewed at the Medford Police Department and denied any involvement in the death of Mr. Mather. He was lodged on his warrant, and during a later interview conducted at the Jackson County Jail the defendant made statements that implicated he had gone for a walk with Mr. Mather the last night he had been seen alive, but did not admit to involvement in Mr. Mather’s death. He was then lodged on charges of Murder in the Second Degree and Abuse of a Corpse.

Despite extensive searches by law enforcement, any potential weapon or forensic evidence linking the defendant to the scene where Mr. Mather’s body was found, could not to be located.

Richard Hall was sentenced to 180 months in prison, with the first 120 months to be served under Measure 11, with 3 years of Post Prison Supervision to follow. His sentence also included restitution for funeral costs. The victim’s family was included in the plea negotiation.

Courtesy of JCDA

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