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Published July 25, 2011, 08:56 AM

Murder-for-hire murder trial continues today

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Gene Kirkpatrick's trial will continue in Cass County this morning. He's accused of plotting the murder of Fargo dentist, Phillip Gattuso, nearly 2 years ago.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

On Friday, we learned that Kirkpatrick's long-time friend, Rod Thornton, is the man who put up the $1-million dollars in bond to free Kirkpatrick from jail. In court, he said he couldn't believe his friend would have anything to do with the murder. Thornton was brought in as a key character witness in the trial.

Prosecutors called a witness on Friday as well, a private investigator from Fargo. David Lybek says Kirkpatrick hired him to investigate Gattuso because he thought Gattuso was bi-sexual and cheating on his wife, Kirkpatrick's daughter.