Shelbyville man arrested in beating of girlfriend

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Registered sex offender Ronnie Palmer flees police at hospital, turns himself in

By Lisa King

A Shelbyville man who is charged with second-degree assault in the beating of his girlfriend was arrested Tuesday after fleeing from police, Shelby County Sheriff's Det. Jason Rice said.

Rice said Ronnie Palmer, 37, got into an argument with his girlfriend Monday at their home on Mill Circle Road and the argument became physical. The couple went to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

Palmer had lacerations on his hand that allegedly were caused from breaking an object over his girlfriend, and she sustained cuts as well. She was transported to the University of Louisville because her injuries were serious, Rice said, while Palmer remained at JHS for treatment of his injury.

But Palmer fled the hospital, fearing police were coming to investigate the incident, Rice said, adding that after policed had searched unsuccessfully for Palmer, he turned himself in.

Rice said Palmer was arrested and taken to the Shelby County Detention Center and placed under a $20,000 cash bond, charged with second-degree assault. His bond later was reduced to $5,000, and he bonded out on Wednesday. He has a court date of May 15.

Palmer is a registered sex offender. He is on a 20-year registration for conviction of second-degree rape of a 28-year-old.

The Kentucky Sex Offender Registry lists Palmer as being in compliance with sex offender registration guidelines.