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Three face murder charges in death of Grants Pass man


Two more suspects have been charged with murder in the Sunday death of Edward Kelly Spangler, 43, of Grants Pass.

Canby Police said Tuesday afternoon that additional information gathered by investigators led to the new charges.

Michael A. Orren, 27, was arrested Monday on one count each of murder and first-degree robbery.

Shannon Bettencourt, 32, of Portland, was first arrested on a charge of second-degree robbery, but now has been charged with murder as well.

The third suspect charged with murder is Francis Paul Weaver, 31, of Canby.

All three are being held in the Clackamas County jail. They were arrested by detectives from the Canby Police Department and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team.

Spangler was found dead about 5 a.m. Sunday next to his silver Hyundai SUV, which had crashed into a tree in Locust Park. An autopsy Monday by the state medical examiner determined he died of multiple gunshots.

Police believe the incident was a drug deal gone bad. Spangler had gone to the apartment complex in the 200-block of South Locust Street for a drug transaction and the two suspects tried to rob him.

The wounded man's SUV drove west across the apartment complex parking lot, striking three cars. It continued west across Locust Street into the park where it struck the tree.

After interviewing witnesses and executing two search warrants Sunday, police contacted Orren who lived in a nearby apartment. He agreed to provide information to the investigators.

Bettencourt was taken into custody Monday morning when the Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant in Southeast Portland.

Police have recovered a gun they believe to be the murder weapon.