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Published July 25, 2011, 05:58 PM

Kirkpatrick family friend takes the stand

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new letter reveals Valerie Gattuso did not want her daughter raised by her husband Phillip Gattuso.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

A new letter reveals Valerie Gattuso did not want her daughter raised by her husband Phillip Gattuso. Gene Kirkpatrick stands trial for hiring a hitman to kill his son in law Phillip Gattuso, a Fargo dentist, to gain custody of his granddaughter Kennedy. Debbie Baker offered the court some insight to the Kirkpatrick and Gattuso family dynamics. Valerie Gattuso's death became inevitable after a botched heart surgery. Before her death she had written a letter saying she did not want her husband Phillip raising their daughter Kennedy. Baker is a good friend of the Kirkpatrick family and had read the letter. She's also a witness for both the defense and prosecution.

Debbie Baker – Good friend of Kirkpatrick: “She wanted her raised by her sister but Valerie knew there was nothing legal that could be done.”

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