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Francis Weaver, stepson of notorious killer Ward Weaver, convicted of murder

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Francis Weaver during jailhouse interview with FOX 12 last month. Francis Weaver during jailhouse interview with FOX 12 last month.
Jail booking photos of Francis Weaver over the years. Jail booking photos of Francis Weaver over the years.
Ward Weaver was convicted of killing two girls near their Oregon City home in 2002. (FOX 12 file image) Ward Weaver was convicted of killing two girls near their Oregon City home in 2002. (FOX 12 file image)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A jury has convicted Francis Weaver, the stepson of notorious Oregon killer Ward Weaver, on charges including murder.

Francis Weaver, 33, was arrested in connection to the shooting death of 43-year-old Edward Spangler in Canby in February 2014.

A jury convicted him Wednesday on charges of murder with a firearm, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and felon in possession of a firearm.  

In a jailhouse interview with FOX 12 last month, Francis Weaver admitted that he and others planned to stage a car break-in and steal Spangler's suitcase full of marijuana.

However, Francis Weaver said he was at his mother's nearby home when Spangler was shot. His mother told FOX 12 the same thing in 2014.  

Three other suspects in the case reached plea agreements, including Michael Orren, who confessed to shooting Spangler, and was sentenced to life in prison with parole possible after 30 years.

Francis Weaver told FOX 12 last month that he believes Orren's confession proves he's not guilty, but claimed prosecutors wouldn't let Orren testify on his behalf.

Francis Weaver's stepfather Ward Weaver was convicted of kidnapping, killing and burying Miranda Gaddis and Ashley Pond, who were 12 and 13 years old, near their Oregon City home in 2002. Ward Weaver is serving a life sentence in prison.

Francis Weaver believes his family history made him a target of law enforcement, even though he turned his father in to police years ago.

“Not everybody knows, you know, that I cooperated with the FBI and helped lead to his arrest and eventual conviction," Francis Weaver said last month from the Clackamas County Jail. 

Francis Weaver has been arrested numerous times over the years, but in many cases the charges were dismissed. He was convicted of fourth-degree assault in 2007 and 2012, and providing false information to a police officer in 2006. In January 2014, felony assault charges against him were dismissed, but he was ordered not to have any contact with the two alleged victims.

Francis Weaver is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

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