Portland gang member guilty in Marion Co. jail death

A Marion County jury unanimously found a 45-year-old man and member of the Krude Rude Brood gang guilty of fatally stabbing a fellow inmate while incarcerated in 2013.

Following an almost month-long trial, David Ray Bartol was found guilty of aggravated murder and may face the death penalty, according to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Bartol was accused of stabbing Gavin Siscel, 33, to death with a homemade knife in the Marion County jail's day room. Siscel was serving a 30-day sentence for contempt of court at the time of the attack.

Bartol had been incarcerated since March 2013 while awaiting trial for a robbery. The day before he stabbed Siscel, Bartol was arraigned on attempted murder charges in connection with a January home invasion shooting in South Salem.

The Oregonian reported that, during a separate trial, Multnomah County prosecutors said Bartol braided together and melted the threads of his jail uniform and formed them into a shank. He repeatedly pounded the shank into Siscel's eye with a sandal.

Siscel died five days later. Officials said it appeared to be a random assault rather than a fight that escalated.

In August, a Multnomah County jury found Bartol guilty of 24 counts — including aggravated attempted murder and kidnapping — for torturing two fellow Krude Rude Brood gang members. Bartol was accused of sanding gang members' tattoos off, injecting them with heroin and shooting them. He was sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Bartol's arrest record spans almost three decades and includes convictions for attempted murder, robbery and assault. Previous court records listed Bartol as Salem resident.

During his sentencing in Multnomah County, Bartol's defense attorneys argued that he didn't understand the severity of his crimes because he is intellectually disabled and has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

The Krude Rude Brood, a White supremacist gang, became notorious in Portland for dealing methamphetamine and torturing its enemies, according to The Oregonian. The gang's leader, David Corbit, 49, is currently serving a 14-year sentence in federal prison for drug trafficking and assault convictions.

The penalty phase of Bartol's trial began Wednesday and could last until mid-November. Jurors will consider whether Bartol should be sentenced to death for Siscel's murder. If given the death penalty, Bartol would join 34 others on Oregon's death row.

Email wmwoodwort@statesmanjournal.com, call 503-399-6884 or follow on Twitter @wmwoodworth

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