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Jury deliberating Bakdash hit-and-run murder case

Bakdash allegedly drove on a sidewalk to run over a man with whom he had quarreled at a nearby bar. Prosecutors say the killing was intentional, so a first-degree murder conviction is in order. The defense argues Bakdash was drunk and only meant to scare the victim, not kill him.
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Bakdash allegedly drove on a sidewalk to run over a man with whom he had quarreled at a nearby bar. Prosecutors say the killing was intentional, so a first-degree murder conviction is in order. The defense argues Bakdash was drunk and only meant to scare the victim, not kill him.

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