View Full Version : GUILTY OR - Murders of Ashley Pond, 12, & Miranda Gaddis, 13, Oregon City, 2002

01-07-2004, 01:20 PM
Daughter prohibited from seeing daddy anymore, Ward Weaver's lawyer says that's emotionally hard on him... :( how sad, boo hoo. Weaver kills 2 - 14 yr olds but still got to see his daughter? how sick


01-07-2004, 06:03 PM
"The visits were extremely important to him," Barker said Tuesday. "It's going to have a decided effect on his mood."

Yep, that was good. Anyone should care?

01-07-2004, 06:45 PM
"The visits were extremely important to him," Barker said Tuesday. "It's going to have a decided effect on his mood."

Yep, that was good. Anyone should care?

My outrage is how the hell and WHY DOES HE HAVE PICTURES OF THE GIRLS he murdered?!!!!!!!!!!!! Does he jack off to them?! If I were the parents, I would be beyond furious. No way would that sick freak have pics of the children he killed.

01-07-2004, 07:11 PM
"The visits were extremely important to him," Barker said Tuesday. "It's going to have a decided effect on his mood."

Yep, that was good. Anyone should care?

I have no pity whatsoever for the man!! He deserves no priviledges after killing those two young girls. I can't understand why he would have pictures of the girls with him in prison. Very sick man, indeed!!

Sala Dayo
01-09-2004, 09:07 AM
Daughter prohibited from seeing daddy anymore, Ward Weaver's lawyer says that's emotionally hard on him... :( how sad, boo hoo. Weaver kills 2 - 14 yr olds but still got to see his daughter? how sick

http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-4/107346984731122.xml Okay Carey, I wanna know how you made that great graphic which is your footnote? :)

Sala Dayo
01-09-2004, 09:15 AM
I am shocked that I had never heard anything about this whole case prior to reading this thread. He actually had pictures of the victims in jail??? I agree, if I were the parents, I would be outraged and demand that he have to stop. Good idea that he does not get to see his daughter ... the parents of the kids that he killed will never see them again either.

01-09-2004, 10:37 PM
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Then, go to your control panel here, click on edit signature, click the picture IMG item, enter your http:www. address[/url] where your picture is - and bingo, it should work. I actually wish I knew how to make one. I could make you a "still" image graphic with your name but not animated. Hope it helps?!

01-12-2004, 05:31 AM
Ashley Pond's mother filed a $9.75 million federal lawsuit Friday, claiming law enforcement and child welfare officials failed to protect her daughter from Ward Weaver, a man accused of murdering the girl.

01-12-2004, 07:54 PM
I think she failed to protect her daughter, just as she's failing with her 3 remaining children. She's the one who continued to allow Ashley to go over to WW's home knowing there had been abused. I wouldn't award her nothing.

01-12-2004, 09:33 PM
Why are they keeping him on suicide watch? He's doing everyone a favor by saving the system millions of dollars and closing the book on this freak.

http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_011204_news_weaver_suicide_attempt.b97f92a.htm l

01-13-2004, 05:35 AM
Using a broken disposable razor, Ward Weaver, the man accused of murdering two Oregon City girls, tried to commit suicide in jail, authorities said.
http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_011204_news_weaver_suicide_attempt.b97f92a.htm l

01-13-2004, 11:38 AM
Blueclouds, I agree. I am against the whole suicide watch treatment of criminals period. If they choose to off themselves that is their choice. The only time I feel it is right to restrain them is under indictment of finding a missing person or solving a crime. However, the way prisons go to lengths to protect these criminals is criminal in my book. Child molesters should not be quaranteened with other child molesters??? They use eachother to perpetuate their sick fantasies. Internet has made these monsters feel good about what they are doing by comforting and encouraging one another. So what does are prison system do...put them all together and "protect" them to boot!

This is where I see our legal system letting our children down. Prisoners as should all criminals need to be punished, not "cared" for. This is basic human life one on one. God loves those He disciplines. Criminals are no exception. They dish out their fate...they need to experience it.

01-24-2004, 06:04 AM
Journalist asks court to lift gag order in Weaver case

03-04-2004, 08:35 PM
BOOHOO, Ward Weaver going "crazy". Lawyer wants trial delayed indefinitely. He's been "carving" into his body. Why don't they just give him a hatchet and let him take care of himself. Scum deserves IMMEDIATE death.


03-04-2004, 08:52 PM
"If you're facing a capital murder charge, you may have something to gain in delaying the proceedings or being sent away," he said.

DUH? Also, it's easier to ESCAPE from a hospital than a prison....

Crazy like a fox.

04-13-2004, 04:45 AM
The words of an Oregon City girl whose body was found in a backyard shed in 2002 will be heard at a luncheon to raise money for child abuse and domestic violence prevention programs. An essay written by Miranda Gaddis will be read by her foster mother at the fourth annual Community Advocates luncheon Tuesday at the Multnomah Athletic Club

04-16-2004, 04:40 AM
On Wednesday, April 21, a Clackamas County judge will decide whether a man accused of killing two Oregon City girls is mentally fit to stand trial for their murder.

04-22-2004, 05:01 AM
Citing a total breakdown in relations with their client, Ward Weaver's attorneys are asking for a second time to be removed from his case.

04-23-2004, 04:56 AM
Nineteen months after his indictment on charges of murdering two girls and hiding their bodies on his rental property, a judge sent Ward Weaver to a state mental hospital, indefinitely suspending his trial.

09-24-2004, 12:25 AM
The attention really died down on this case. Ward quietly plead guilty to murdering the two girls.


10-01-2004, 10:50 PM
The price of defending convicted murderer Ward Weaver ranks among Oregon's most costly capital cases in the past decade. So far, the state has spent nearly $500,000 on Weaver's defense, according to the Office of Public Defense Services.

The agency, responding to a request by The Oregonian, released expenses for 254 closed aggravated murder cases filed since 1993. Weaver's case ranks as the fifth-highest in terms of defense costs, though the price tag on the case may rise because his lawyers have not submitted their final bills.

Of the 10 most expensive aggravated murder cases, Weaver's is the only one that did not go to trial, according to the figures released by the state.

However, those figures are current only through March 2004, and do not include the case of Edward Morris, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to murdering his wife and three children in the Tillamook State Forest. In agreeing to the plea bargain, Morris avoided the possibility of the death penalty.

That same week, Weaver pleaded guilty to murdering Ashley Pond, 12, and Miranda Gaddis, 13, in 2002. The plea deal spared him a possible death sentence.

The most expensive defense in an aggravated murder case came with unusually complex legal issues that ultimately were argued before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The second most expensive case includes the cost of two trials.

The state has spent the most defending Conan Wayne Hale, who was convicted in 1998 of killing three teenagers and was sentenced to death. His legal bill: $902,170.

Hale's case gained national attention when jailers secretly tape-recorded his conversation with a Roman Catholic priest, an issue that was argued before the federal appellate court. Attorney fees alone amounted to $475,174, according to the defense services office.

Cesar Barone's case ranks second in defense costs. The expenses -- which amount to $551,061 -- were for two aggravated murder trials. Barone was sentenced to death in both trials.

By contrast, the cheapest case in which a defendant was convicted and sentenced to death by a jury was that of Jesse Compton, a Springfield man convicted in 1997 of torture-killing a 3-year-old girl. The state spent $48,680 on Compton's defense.

So far, defending Weaver has cost $282,703 in attorney fees and $200,254 in other expenses. The agency declined to release itemized bills for those expenses, saying only the total amount may be released under state law.

Peter Ozanne, executive director of the Office of Public Defense Services, said the cost of defending Weaver is not surprising since the case appeared headed to trial, and trial preparation is labor-intensive.

He said death penalty cases are high-stakes cases that require an enormous amount of work.

"A good, competent defense attorney has to leave no stone unturned," Ozanne said.

In Weaver's case, the state spent about $50,000 on attorney bills submitted by his first defense lawyers, Tim Lyons and Joe Watson. They were paid an hourly rate of $55, state officials said.

Lyons and Watson asked to be removed from the case eight months after they were appointed and were replaced by Corvallis-based defense attorneys Michael Barker and Peter Fahy.

Barker and Fahy are under contracts with the Office of Public Defense Services, officials said. Fahy is paid $82 an hour, and Barker is paid $86 an hour. So far, the pair have been paid a total of $233,230.

It is much more difficult to determine how much the state spent prosecuting Weaver.

Several police agencies investigated the case. The salaries of the two Clackamas County prosecutors assigned to the case already were built into the district attorney's budget. Alfred French, the senior deputy district attorney and lead prosecutor on the case, is paid an annual salary of $100,919, according to Clackamas County officials. His partner on the case, Deputy District Attorney Christine Landers, is paid an annual salary of $90,865.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Greg Horner pointed out that French and Landers handled the Weaver case as part of their regular caseload.

The district attorney's office spent $4,500 for expenses related to the Weaver investigation, Horner said. He said the office also budgeted an additional $50,000 in trial expenses for the year, but that includes expenses related to four aggravated murder cases, including Weaver's.

District Attorney John Foote said that while Weaver's lawyers "did their job as they were supposed to," he was critical of the costs related to the defense.

"I think any reasonable person would say that we need to do something about these escalating costs," he said. "I am not sure what that should be at this point, but I think something has to be done to rein them in."

Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis said that although the state spent a lot on Weaver's legal bills, that's expected in a death penalty case.

"I am not saying that's a bad thing," he said. "If you are going to seek to put someone to death, you have to provide adequate counsel, and that is expensive. But it's important for people to understand when someone is charged with aggravated murder, the state of Oregon spends a boatload of money to make sure they have adequate counsel, if not the best."


06-24-2005, 07:31 PM
The father of 13-year-old murder victim Miranda Gaddis was fatally shot in the face Thursday. There was no apparent link between the two cases.

Jason Richard Gaddis Sr., 37, died in the street in the 12900 block of Southeast 26th Avenue shortly before noon.

He had been staying with his girlfriend in a nearby garage. Clackamas County sheriff's deputies responded to the incident and found Gaddis dead from a shot to the head.


01-28-2006, 06:33 PM

Very interesting case review article.

01-28-2006, 06:40 PM
I read a lot of it but not all. The only other thing that would have helped is if Moses came down and wrote all the clues on a stone tablet. Raised it above his head and said "Go and get Ward Weaver".

01-29-2006, 11:34 PM
They had dogs in the yard...didn't they take them to that shed to check the inside of it? I guess they didn't or they would have found the one girl. Just because it wasn't a police dog that showed an interest around the cement then that dog was discounted. I wonder why one dog showed an interest and two others didn't when in reality the 2nd girl was buried under the cement.

Glad they didn't fall for the old mentally ill and unable to stand trial farce. This guy should have gotten the death penalty....no doubt about it. But of course he got a plea bargain when he agreed to say he was guilty and got life w/out parole instead. Ticks me off. The state will go above and beyond to avoid a trial. The guy murdered the two girls....they were found on his property. You can bet he strangled them just like he tried to do to his son's girlfriend. He had also raped another woman. Sounds to me like they had enough evidence that they didn't need to give him a plea bargain.

This guy is pure evil.

10-22-2007, 01:29 PM
sorry if this is the wrong place to post this
The Oregon City missing girls case is featured on the Oxygen TV network this week.The disappearances of Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis are documented on the program Caputured which airs Sunday at 4:30 pm and 10:30 pm, and repeated on Thursday at 10:30 pm.

03-09-2012, 01:06 PM
Vigil Remembers Girl Killed in 2002


I can't believe it's been 10 years. RIP Miranda and Ashley.