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By BOB WHITE
ELIZABETHTOWN — The trial of a Radcliff man accused of pushing another man down an apartment stairwell more than two years ago began Wednesday with jury selection.
The Elmwood Drive incident resulted in the alleged victim being partially paralyzed from the fall and prompted the accused assailant, 28-year-old George W. Beason, to flee Radcliff, according to authorities.
Beason reportedly told witnesses the victim said something about his girlfriend prior to the assault.
Beason was at large for 14 months when arrested in May 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. He was extradited to Hardin County for prosecution and has been jailed in Kentucky since.
Beason, who currentlyis being held at the Hardin County Detention Center, is being tried on charges of first-degree assault and being a persistent felony offender. He could face up to 20 years imprisonment if convicted.
Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.