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In the end, it's murder

Three men are in custody in connection with the death of a Grants Pass man in what police are calling a drug deal gone bad


Three men have been charged with murder as the Canby Police Department continues its investigation of the Sunday, Feb. 16, shooting death of a Grants Pass man.

The victim, Edward Kelly Spangler, 43, was found dead beside his SUV, which had crashed into a tree in Locust Park.

Michael A. Orren, 27, of Canby, who police say was the shooter, was charged with murder the following day. Police have recovered a gun they believe to be the murder weapon.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, murder charges were 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. The three suspects are being held in the Clackamas County jail, all charged with murder, first-degree robbery and criminal conspiracy.

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.

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

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 Feb. 16 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.




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