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Recent developments in the Weaver case

Since the Tribune's Dec. 27 story on accused killer and rapist Ward Weaver, there have been several developments in the case:

• The former girlfriend of Weaver's son Francis Weaver and the mothers of teenagers Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis all filed notices reserving their right to sue various government agencies for not taking timely action against him. Ward Weaver is charged with raping and attempting to murder his son's girlfriend and with six counts of aggravated murder in the Pond and Gaddis cases.

Such notices, which have to be filed within a certain time period, do not necessarily mean that lawsuits will be filed.

• Weaver confirmed in a February jailhouse interview that 20-year-old Francis Weaver is not his biological son. Case insiders had been circulating rumors since early December that DNA testing done in connection with the murder and rape investigations established Ward Weaver's nonpaternity.

Francis Weaver, who says his father confessed both slayings to him after allegedly raping his teenage girlfriend, is expected to testify at his father's trial.

• Two former employees of the Clackamas County branch of the state's child protective services agency Ñ fired last December for failing to follow through on complaints that Weaver had sexually assaulted Ashley Pond Ñ are still fighting their terminations.

Patricia Feeny, spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services, said there hasn't been a ruling on one of the employee's appeals to the state Employment Relations Board. She said the other worker, who was reinstated on what she described as a technicality, is on family medical leave pending a pre-dismissal hearing.

Feeny added that neither of the two former employees is getting paid.

• Weaver's Sept. 16 trial date will be reset as a result of the appointment of a new set of attorneys Ñ Michael Barker and Peter Fahy, both of Corvallis Ñ to represent him.

Ñ Janine Robben