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Three face murder charges in slaying of Grants Pass man


Michael A. OrrenShannon BettencourtFrances P. WeaverThree men now are charged with murder in the Sunday shooting death of Edward Kelly Spangler, 43, of Grants Pass.

Michael A. Orren, 27, was charged with murder Monday. By Tuesday, murder charges had been filed against Shannon Bettencourt, 32, of Portland, and Frances Paul Weaver, 31, of Canby.

Weaver is the son of convicted murderer Ward Weaver III. The elder Weaver is serving life in prison for the 2002 slayings of two Oregon City girls.

The three men were arrested by the Canby Police Department and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team. Canby Police said additional information gathered by investigators led to the new murder charges.

The three suspects are being held in the Clackamas County jail, all charged with murder, first-degree robbery and criminal conspiracy.

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 determined he died of multiple gunshots.

Police believe Spangler had gone to the Forest Manor Apartments in the 200-block of South Locust Street for a drug transaction, and the 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.

Police interviewed both Orren and Weaver Sunday and executed search warrants on their residences in the apartments. Police said Orren agreed to provide information to the investigators. Weaver was held in an unrelated drug possession investigation.

Bettencourt was arrested Monday morning after the Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at a Southeast Portland residence.

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