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Jury will decide if he gets the death penalty

Brian Bement, the Sellwood man accused of the 2010 murder of a Tigard naturopath, was found guilty of aggravated murder.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge Rick Knapp read the verdict Friday afternoon following four and a half days of jury deliberation.

The 12-member jury believes Bement, 34, murdered David Greenspan on March 13, 2010, and robbed him of nearly $30,000.

Bement was found guilty of one of the three counts of aggravated murder, as well as a lesser charge of intentional murder, first-degree robbery and possessing a firearm as a felon.

Greenspan, who ran the Greenspan Good Health Clinic in Tigard before his death, allegedly helped finance Bement's drug business, which he operated out of an office in Portland.

Bement claimed the shooting was an act of self-defense after a drug-addled Greenspan pulled a gun on him on their way to a drug deal in Cornelius.

Bement's attorneys told the court Greenspan used drugs heavily and was prone to paranoid thoughts that people were stealing from him.

Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Lesowski said Bement owed Greenspan money and planned to murder him to get out of the debt.

Greenspan was found in his rental car at Methodist Cemetery on Northwest Cornelius-Schefflin Road.

Investigators initially believed the death was a suicide but later realized that Greenspan had been shot twice in the head and once in the neck.

After the killing, Bement said he wiped off the gun, grabbed the cash and ran. He was arrested five days later.

With the conviction, Bement faces the death penalty, which will be decided by the jury.

Attorneys from both sides began making their cases in the penalty portion of the case Friday afternoon.

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