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Published December 09, 2010, 01:31 PM

Jury deliberations begin in ND murder trial

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The case of an Oklahoma City handyman accused of beating a Fargo dentist to death with a hammer is in the hands of a North Dakota jury. Michael Nakvinda is charged with intentional homicide in the October 2009 death of Philip Gattuso (guh-TOO'-soh). Authorities believe Gattuso's father-in-law hired Nakvinda to kill Gattuso.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The case of an Oklahoma City handyman accused of beating a Fargo dentist to death with a hammer is in the hands of a North Dakota jury.

Michael Nakvinda is charged with intentional homicide in the October 2009 death of Philip Gattuso (guh-TOO'-soh). Authorities believe Gattuso's father-in-law hired Nakvinda to kill Gattuso.

Defense attorney Steven Mottinger said in his closing argument that there's no DNA or fingerprint evidence linking Nakvinda to the crime. He also told jurors it would be ludicrous for someone to agree to a contract killing for $3,000.

Prosecutor Birch Burdick asked jurors to use common sense. He showed them a box that contained a baseball cap, gloves and bleach — items he said could be used by someone who didn't want to leave physical evidence behind.

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