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article imageSerb's trial for alleged brutal beating of Brooklyn man begins

By Joan Firstenberg     Jun 27, 2010 in Crime
Binghamton - A trial starts Monday in Serbia against a hulking former Binghamton University basketball player accused of beating a Brooklyn student into a coma.
It happened in a bar off the campus of Binghamton University in New York. Miladin Kovacevic, a basketball scholarship athlete at the school, weighing 280 pounds and standing 6 foot 9, is accused of inflicting severe bodily harm with possible deadly consequences on fellow honors student, 135 pound Bryan Steinhauer in May of 2008.
The New York Daily News reports that witnesses told police the two men argued verbally after Steinhauer danced with the girlfriend of one of Kovacevic's friends. Then, Kovacevic allegedly beat Steinhauer repeatedly, kicking him in the chest and head. The beating left then 22-year-old Steinhauer with a fractured skull, a broken jaw and eye sockets and a severe brain injury.
Kovacevic managed to jump his $100,000 bail in New York by getting a false passport from two Serbian diplomats and flee the country. The diplomats, Igor Milosevic and Slobodan Nenadic, have been charged in Serbia with abusing their positions and also face trial beginning Monday.
And two New York men of Bosnian origin were sentenced in January in Binghamton to two years in prison each for taking part in the assault on Steinhauer.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer tried to get the trial moved to the United States. But Serbian officials refused to extradite Kovacevic for trial, Instead, they paid $900,000 to the Steinhauer family in a deal to have Kovacevic's trial in Serbia.
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