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Published December 01, 2010, 01:30 PM

Prosecutors in ND murder trial play police tape

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors in a North Dakota murder trial ended the opening day of testimony by playing a tape-recorded police interview with the man accused of hiring a hit man to kill his son-in-law.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors in a North Dakota murder trial ended the opening day of testimony by playing a tape-recorded police interview with the man accused of hiring a hit man to kill his son-in-law.

Michael Nakvinda of Oklahoma City is accused of killing Philip Gattuso in Fargo in October 2009. Police say Gattuso's father-in-law, Gene Kirkpatrick, hired Nakvinda for $3,000 because Kirkpatrick didn't want Gattuso raising his granddaughter.

Nakvinda says he was framed by Kirkpatrick, of Jones, Okla.

Kirkpatrick told investigators that he and Nakvinda talked about killing Gattuso, but Kirkpatrick said he never told Nakvinda to do it. Kirkpatrick said the discussion "wasn't much more than guy talk" and said he believed that Nakvinda "did it as a friend."

Kirkpatrick also said he videotaped Gattuso's town house for Nakvinda.

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