- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A Rogue River man told police he killed another man by stabbing him in the back with a knife, according to court records.

Matthew Shawn Hannon, 28, said he stabbed the other man with a folding knife during the early morning on Saturday, according to a police affidavit filed Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

He was arraigned Monday on charges of murder, manslaughter and assault in the death of 45-year-old Frank Morgan Wheeler, the Mail Tribune reported (https://is.gd/SlWtj3 ).

Hannon, who appeared in court via videoconference from the Jackson County Jail, kept his head down and rubbed his right temple. He was granted a public defender and returned to jail without bail.

Oregon law does not typically allow bail for murder defendants.

According to the affidavit, a man found the injured Wheeler around 1:10 on Saturday afternoon.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Hannon at his campsite Saturday night.

Court records show that Hannon has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors in the past. In one case, he was convicted for wielding a hatchet and threatening to kill patrons at the Homestead Lounge in Rogue River. Other charges stem from threatening and grappling with police in an attempt to resist arrest.

Hannon had been spending time with Wheeler before the stabbing, according to court documents. Prior to his death, Wheeler was wanted for failing to appear in court on charges of stealing construction equipment and supplies.

Hannon’s case is set to be heard Tuesday by a Jackson County grand jury, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz. He declined to comment further on the case.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/


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