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Ward Weaver's stepson accused of Canby murder

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Francis Weaver, Michael Orren and Shannon Bettencourt  are accused of killing Edward Spangler, who was found shot to death in Canby. Francis Weaver, Michael Orren and Shannon Bettencourt are accused of killing Edward Spangler, who was found shot to death in Canby.
Ward Weaver kidnapped and killed two Oregon City girls in 2002. Ward Weaver kidnapped and killed two Oregon City girls in 2002.
Francis Weaver's mug shot from the Clackamas County Jail. Francis Weaver's mug shot from the Clackamas County Jail.
CANBY, OR (KPTV) -

He grew up in the shadow of convicted killer Ward Weaver. Now a decade later, Francis Weaver is accused of murder.

Francis Weaver is one of three men arrested for the killing of Edward Spangler, who was found shot to death in Canby over the weekend.

Court documents say Francis Weaver worked with Michael Orren and Shannon Bettencourt to follow Spangler around town and steal 15 pounds of marijuana from his car.

After several unsuccessful attempts, that when police say Orren allegedly shot and killed Spangler early Sunday morning near the 200 block of South Locust Street.

All three were arrested for murder and are being held without bond.

Francis Weaver's stepfather, Ward Weaver, was convicted of kidnapping, killing and burying two girls near their Oregon City home in 2002.

Francis Weaver admitted to helping him dig the hole where police eventually found the body of Ashley Pond. That discovery helped police recover Miranda Gaddis' body in a nearby shed.

At the time, Francis Weaver thought he was helping his dad lay a concrete pad for a hot tub. Those inhumane crimes, he once told FOX 12, will always haunt him.

"I just feel sorry that he didn't make a different decision when he thought he needed to do something so horrible to those girls," Francis Weaver told FOX 12 after his stepfather's arrest.

No one from Francis Weaver's family wanted to comment on his arrest.

Ward Weaver's father, also named Ward Weaver, sits on death row in California. He is charged with murdering a woman and burying her body in his back yard, below concrete.

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