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Published August 09, 2010, 04:10 PM

Trial in Fargo killing delayed until Nov. 30

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The trial of an Oklahoma man accused of killing a North Dakota dentist last October has been delayed. Judge Frank Racek decided Monday to delay the trial that was slated to start Tuesday until Nov. 30 because prosecutors asked to add a new witness.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The trial of an Oklahoma man accused of killing a North Dakota dentist last October has been delayed.

Judge Frank Racek decided Monday to delay the trial that was slated to start Tuesday until Nov. 30 because prosecutors asked to add a new witness.

Prosecutors say the new witness' testimony is crucial because it could establish that Michael Nakvinda intended to kill Philip Gattuso of Fargo. The charges against Nakvinda may be amended to add intentional homicide.

Authorities say Gattuso's father-in-law, Gene Kirkpatrick of Jones, Okla., hired Nakvinda of Oklahoma City for the killing. Kirkpatrick faces a murder conspiracy charge and is scheduled for trial in October.

Both Nakvinda and Kirkpatrick have pleaded not guilty to charges.

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