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Jury selection begins Monday in Widstrand beating trial

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Jury selection is scheduled to get underway in St. Paul Monday for one of the five people charged with the near-fatal beating of a St. Paul man, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Issac Oneal Maiden, 19, is one of the men accused of knocking down, kicking and stomping on Ray Widstrand after he was pulled into brawl involving a reported 30-40 people in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood Oct. 4.

Maiden was charged with first-degree assault, aggravated robbery, and crime for benefit of a gang. Maiden was the first suspect charged in the attack, followed by four unnamed juveniles.

Widstrand suffered potentially fatal brain swelling and was placed in a medically-induced coma after the beating. He is currently undergoing physical, speech and occupational therapy, and is scheduled to have another operation in November, where doctors will restore the bone flaps on his skull that were removed during a previous surgery.

Widstrand, 27, told local media outlets last week that he has forgiven his attackers, and told the Star Tribune that what happened was a "freak accident" and "just young kids lashing out."

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