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Prosecutor: Suspect hit wrong man in fatal hit-run

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say a Wisconsin man mowed down in an act of revenge near the University of Minnesota was actually not the suspect’s intended target.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that prosecutors now say 23-year-old Benjamin Van Handel of Appleton was killed April 15 in a case of mistaken identity.

Authorities had initially said 29-year-old Timothy Bakdash of Roseville argued with Van Handel in a bar, then used his car to hit Van Handel.

Now, authorities say Van Handel was never in an argument. Bakdash, on the other hand, said he was in a fight. Police are still trying to determine who he argued with.

Defense attorney Joseph Tamburino said he’s waiting for more information in the case.

Bakdash is charged with first-degree murder and other counts.

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

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