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Following a retrial, Bement was found guilty of killing a Tigard naturopathic doctor outside Cornelius.

A man accused in the 2010 shooting of a Tigard doctor was found guilty by a jury in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 8. COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Brian Bement, 54, was convicted of murdering a Tigard dotor near Cornelius in 2010. He was previously sentenced in 2012, but an appeals court overturned that conviction and a re-trial began in Washington County Circuit Court in early September.

Brian Daniel Bement, 54, was already sentenced to life in prison for the murder back in 2012, but an appeals court overturned the conviction and said Bement must get a new trial after a judge ruled in 2017 that key pieces of evidence weren't allowed into the record to benefit his defense.

However, the new evidence, which included emails between Bement and the man he shot, David Greenspan, 44, didn't sway the new jury.

The case came about after authorities found Greenspan's body at the Methodist Cemetery on Northwest Cornelius-Schefflin Road on March 14, 2010. Greenspan had been shot twice in the head and once in the neck.

Bement was dealing drugs, and Greenspan was funding his operation, prosecutors said. The two were meeting at the cemetery to divide the spoils when the transaction turned violent.

Bement made off with $30,000.

Bement claimed that the shooting was in self-defense, as Greenspan had become increasingly paranoid that Bement, as well as employees of his GoodHealth Clinic on Hampton Street in Tigard, were stealing from him.

The new emails entered into the record in this latest trial demonstrated Greenspan's mental state and his own addiction to drugs like methamphetamine, Bement's attorneys argued.

However, the jury still found Bement guilty of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree robbery and felony firearms possession.

The case was argued by chief deputy district attorney Jeff Lesowski and senior deputy district attorney Jeff MacLean.

"By all accounts, Dr. Greenspan was a kind person who developed issues due to his addiction to drugs. He became involved with the wrong person and paid with his life," said MacLean. "The DA's Office never lost confidence in the defendant's guilt."

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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