Third-Generation Murder Suspect Accused Of Killing In Drug Deal Gone Bad

CBS13 | CBS Sacramento

CANBY, Ore. (AP) – His grandfather sits on California’s death row, and his father avoided a death sentence by pleading guilty to killing two Oregon girls.

Now Francis Weaver, 31, is one of three men charged with murder in what Canby, Ore., police describe as a drug deal gone bad.

Police allege Weaver and co-conspirators sought to steal drugs last weekend from a Grants Pass man whose car contained 15 pounds of marijuana. The victim, 43-year-old Edward Spangler, was shot in the face and shoulder.

Weaver and the other men, 27-year-old Michael A. Orren and 32-year-old Shannon Bettencourt, were arraigned Tuesday in an Oregon City court. A court clerk said they did not enter pleas and have yet to be assigned attorneys. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.

Weaver’s father, Ward Weaver III, was convicted of aggravated murder in 2004, two years after the bodies of Ashley Pond…

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