Bakdash trial postponed until February

by Kaitlin Walker

The murder trial against Timothy Bakdash has been pushed back due to scheduling conflicts, according to the Office of the Hennepin County Attorney.

The jury trial was originally scheduled to begin Nov. 14, but has been moved to Feb. 21, 2012.  

Bakdash, 29, faces one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree attempted murder. He has pled not guilty to all charges.

Bakdash was originally charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly struck a group of three University of Minnesota students as he drove the wrong way down Fifth Street Southeast near Dinkytown. It was later discovered that Bakdash had intentionally hit the group, after he disclosed the information to the man that bought his car.

One of the pedestrians, University student Ben Van Handel, 23, died after falling into a coma.