PORTLAND – The men accused of murdering a Grants Pass man on Sunday in Canby stalked him for two hours before shooting him in the face in a drug-deal-gone-bad, according to court documents.
It all started around 3 a.m., when Michael Orren, 27 (pictured right), Shannon Bettencourt, 32 (left), and Francis Weaver, 31 (center), were tracking 43-year-old Edward Spangler in an attempt to steal 15 lbs. of pot he brought up from Grants Pass, according to a probable cause statement obtained by KGW Wednesday.
Weaver is the stepson of infamous Oregon child killer Ward Weaver.
Orren reportedly sent Weaver a text message in order to figure out where Spangler was. One of the suspects then sent Orren to a parking lot in the 200 block of South Locust Street where he shot Spangler in the face and shoulder, documents say.
Weaver, along with Orren’s wife, placed Orren at the location at the time of the murder. Orren admitted to Weaver that he “plugged him twice,” documents say.
Orren and Bettencourt were arrested on Monday and taken to the Clackamas County Jail. Weaver was arrested Tuesday after additional information surfaced in the investigation. All three suspects were charged with murder.
Weaver has an extensive criminal past including several assault charges in recent years. Most recently, Weaver was arrested for possession of heroin, and domestic violence assault charges that are still pending.
Booking Photos: Francis Weaver over the years
Police later obtained a search warrant and found the 15 lbs. of pot in Spangler's vehicle, documents say.