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Published December 04, 2010, 12:31 PM

Witness: No DNA matches to defendant in ND trial

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Testimony in the trial of man accused of killing a Fargo dentist in a murder-for-hire scheme wrapped up Friday with a report from the woman who analyzed DNA samples in the case.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Testimony in the trial of man accused of killing a Fargo dentist in a murder-for-hire scheme wrapped up Friday with a report from the woman who analyzed DNA samples in the case.

Michael Nakvinda, of Oklahoma City, is accused of beating Philip Gattuso to death with a hammer in October 2009. Authorities believe Gattuso's father-in-law didn't want Gattuso raising his granddaughter and paid Nakvinda $3,000 for the hit.

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

Hope Olson, director of the North Dakota crime lab, testified Friday that she analyzed more than 30 DNA samples from items submitted by investigators. She said none of the samples could be matched to Nakvinda.

Testimony in the state's case is scheduled to resume Monday.

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