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Man makes 1st appearance in fatal hit-and-run

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman discusses the case of Timothy Bakdash outside the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday. Bakdash is charged with one count of intentional second-degree murder and two counts of second degree assault for the April 15 crash that killed a Wisconsin man and injured two women. (AP Photo/Richard Tsong-Taatari)

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman discusses the case of Timothy Bakdash outside the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday. Bakdash is charged with one count of intentional second-degree murder and two counts of second degree assault for the April 15 crash that killed a Wisconsin man and injured two women. (AP Photo/Richard Tsong-Taatari)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Timothy Bakdash’s court appearance lasted just a few minutes Tuesday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the judge kept his bail at $1 million.

A complaint alleges Bakdash told a witness he had “no remorse” for the April 15 crash that killed 23-year-old Benjamin Van Handel of Appleton. Police say the hit-and-run stemmed from an argument Bakdash and Van Handel had at a Minneapolis bar that evening.

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Bakdash’s mother, 66-year-old Diane Bakdash, with being an accomplice after the fact.

Prosecutors claim that hours after her son allegedly drove his Mitsubishi Galant to mow down a group of pedestrians in Minneapolis’ Dinkytown neighborhood, Diane Bakdash told him to get rid of the damaged car.

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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