Grants Pass Man Murdered; Arrests Made

CANBY, Ore. — Three arrests have been made in connection to the murder of a Grants Pass man that happened on Sunday, Feb. 16. Michael A. Orren is charged with Murder and First Degree Robbery and two additional suspects, Francis Paul Weaver of Canby and Shannon Bettencourt of Portland, are also being charged with the Murder of Edward Kelly Spangler of Grants Pass. The Canby Police Department said Edward Spangler is a resident of Grants Pass, but was in Canby for a drug deal that went bad and led to his death.

The investigation began on Sunday morning around 5:00 a.m. when Canby Police officers were called to the 200 block of South Locust St. on a possible hit and run and a vehicle crash near Locust Park. Police discovered Spangler’s body next to his car when they got to the park. The body had gun shot wounds, and the police called in the assistance of the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team.

Detectives proceeded to interview several witnesses and served two search warrants at a nearby apartment complex. From the evidence found, investigators believe that Spangler, a resident of Grants Pass, was at the apartment complex to participate in a drug transaction. Once there, he was assaulted in a drug related confrontation with at least two suspects who attempted to commit robbery. During the investigation, Michael Orren was identified as a suspect in the homicide, he was contacted at the apartment complex where the homicide occurred and he agreed to provide information to investigators.

Investigators said Spangler died of injuries he received during the confrontation.

On Monday, Feb. 17 at about 11:00 a.m., members of the Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) assisted in the investigation by serving a third search warrant on SE 92nd Ave, where they took Shannon Bettencourt into custody in connection with the crime.

Over the course of the investigation, investigators believe they were able to recover the weapon that was used against Spangler. Further forensic investigation will be conducted to confirm the gun seized as evidence was the gun used in the homicide. An autopsy conducted today by the Oregon State Medical Examiner confirmed that Spangler died from multiple gun shot wounds.

Michael A. Orren, Shannon Bettencourt and Francis Paul Weaver are all in the Clackamas County Jail.