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Monday in Portland: New trial for Tigard doctor's convicted killer begins this week and more

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Monday, Aug. 22 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. New trial for Tigard doctor's convicted killer begins Tuesday after delays

On March 14, 2010, Dr. David Greenspan, a naturopathic doctor with a practice in Tigard, was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of his car at Methodist Cemetery. Greenspan, 46, had been shot twice in the head and once in the neck. Brian Bement was later arrested for the crime.

An investigation revealed that Bement and Greenspan were business partners, in dealing drugs. Greenspan became part of Bement’s drug-dealing operation, financing purchases of heroin, which Bement would then sell on the street.

In 2012, Bement was found guilty of aggravated murder, murder, first-degree robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to life in prison. However, in 2017, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that Bement should receive a new trial after it was revealed that Washington County Circuit Court Judge Rick Knapp barred a series of emails sent by Greenspan from being entered as evidence.

On Tuesday, after several motions and pandemic-related delays, the new trial will begin in Washington County.

2. 'Prolific tagger' turns himself in after causing 'tens of thousands of dollars in damage'

The Portland Police Bureau said Monday that a 22-year-old man wanted on a felony warrant for vandalism has turned himself in. Emile Anthony Laurent, who was wanted for allegedly causing “tens of thousands of dollars in damage,” was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Authorities began investigating Laurent in February 2022 and executed a search warrant of his residence in the spring. The investigation was focused on “prolific and impactful taggers” in Portland.

3. OHSU research using monkeys to examine how diabetes develops in some COVID patients

Oregon Health & Science University’s research monkeys are being used to help understand why some people who have COVID-19 develop type one diabetes after their symptoms go away. Previous studies have shown that people who have had the virus are at increased risk for developing both obesity and diabetes.

Charles Roberts, Ph.D., a professor and associate director for research at OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center, said they will study 20 rhesus macaques split into two groups, one group obese and the other not. All will be infected with COVID-19.

If diabetes develops in the monkeys, researchers will investigate why this happens, so they can hopefully prevent the condition in humans. The study is set to take two years, but Roberts said they may start seeing results within six months.

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