Bakdash indicted on first-degree murder

by Katherine Lymn

Timothy Bakdash, who is accused of plowing down a group of University of Minnesota students after an alleged argument, has been indicted on first-degree murder charges, according to the Star Tribune.

Bakdash, 29, allegedly struck a group of pedestrians as he drove the wrong way down one-way Fifth Street Southeast near Dinkytown. It was later discovered the accident was nothing of the sort and that Bakdash intentionally hit the group. He divulged his story to a man that bought the car, who then informed investigators.

University student Ben Van Handel, 23, ended up in a coma and subsequently died.

A grand jury returned in the indictment Wednesday. It includes two counts of first-degree attempted murder for the injuries to two other pedestrians that night.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office originally charged Bakdash with second-degree murder.

Bakdash’s mother Diane was also charged as an accessory to the crime because of the role she played in ridding the two of the car. She’s since been released from Hennepin County Jail, but Timothy Bakdash remains in custody on $1 million bail.