CANBY, Ore. – Three suspects were charged with the murder of a Grants Pass man who crashed his car after he was shot in Canby Sunday, including the stepson of convicted murderer Ward Weaver.
Around 5 a.m. Sunday, Canby police responded to a possible hit-and-run crash in the 200 block of South Locust Street. When they arrived, they found 43-year-old Edward Spangler of Grants Pass dead next to his car with gunshot wounds, according to Sgt. Frank Schoenfeld of Canby police.
Detectives interviewed witnesses and said they believe Spangler had been involved in a drug deal at a Canby apartment complex on South Locust Street when he was shot.
Spangler later died of gunshot wounds from the confrontation, an autopsy report confirmed.
Francis Weaver, 31, (pictured in center of photo above) Michael Orren, 27, and Shannon Bettencourt, 32, were charged with murder.
Orren and Bettencourt were both arrested and taken to the Clackamas County Jail Monday.
Weaver was arrested Tuesday after additional information surfaced in the investigation. All three suspects have been charged with murder.
Canby police confirmed Weaver is the stepson of convicted murderer Ward Weaver, who is currently serving life in prison for raping and killing two Oregon City girls. Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis vanished in 2002 and Weaver was later convicted of killing both girls and hiding their bodies on his property.
Earlier that same year, Ward was accused of raping and trying to kill Francis' 19-year-old girlfriend. Francis called 911 to report the attack and then also gave investigators key information that helped convict Ward in the murders of Gaddis and Pond.
Ward Weaver's father, Ward Weaver, Jr., was convicted in 1981 of killing a young couple and then burying their bodies under a concrete slab behind his home in California. He confessed to beating Robert Radford to death and then raping and strangling the man's fiancee, Barbara Levoy.