The man accused of hiring another to kill Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso will make his initial appearance today on charges related to the murder.
Gene Carl Kirkpatrick, 63, of Jones, Okla., is scheduled to appear via interactive TV at 9 a.m. today, according to a news release issued by Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick.
The brother of Philip M. Gattuso says he wants the death penalty on the table for the two Oklahoma men accused in the Fargo periodontist’s death.
For that to be possible, the criminal cases against Gattuso’s father-in-law, Gene Carl Kirkpatrick, and the handyman he allegedly hired to kill Gattuso, Michael Allen Nakvinda, would have to be tried in federal court, because North Dakota has no death penalty statute.
By Mike Nowatzki, Forum Communications Co.
, November 06, 2009
The father-in-law of slain Fargo periodontist Philip Gattuso reportedly admitted to police that he not only hired his handyman to kill Gattuso, but also videotaped Gattuso’s residence for the accused killer about two weeks before the Oct. 26 homicide, according to court documents.
Gene Carl Kirkpatrick, 63, of Oklahoma City, was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.
By Mike Nowatzki, The Forum
, November 04, 2009
Philip Gattuso’s father-in-law was arrested in Oklahoma Monday night, suspected of conspiring to kill his son-in-law in a reported murder-for-hire.
Fargo police wouldn’t comment Monday night on the connection between Gattuso’s dead wife’s father, 63-year-old Gene Carl Kirkpatrick, and the man charged with murder, Michael Allen Nakvinda.
By Mike Nowatzki, Dave Roepke and Kristen M. Daum, The Forum
, November 03, 2009
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