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Published December 02, 2010, 05:30 PM

Testimony continues in ND murder-for-hire trial

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The man accused of hiring a hit man to kill his son-in-law told investigators that the murder was his fault, but he never ordered it.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The man accused of hiring a hit man to kill his son-in-law told investigators that the murder was his fault, but he never ordered it.

Michael Nakvinda of Oklahoma City is on trial in North Dakota for allegedly beating Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso to death with a hammer. Gene Kirkpatrick, Gattuso's father-in-law, is charged separately for allegedly hiring Nakvinda to kill Gattuso.

Nakvinda says he wasn't in Fargo during the murder.

Prosecutors on Thursday wrapped up a recording of a police interrogation of Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick admitted during the interview that he paid Nakvinda $3,000 before the killing, but said he didn't give the green light to go through with it.

Kirkpatrick told police, "I'm a big talker, not a big doer."

The trial is expected to last into next week.

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