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Published July 26, 2011, 10:19 AM

State rests case in alleged murder-for-hire case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors have wrapped up their case in the trial of an Oklahoma man accused of hiring his handyman to kill his former son-in-law in North Dakota.

Gene Kirkpatrick of Jones, Okla., is facing charges on murder and burglary conspiracy charges. Authorities say he paid Michael Nakvinda $3,000 to kill Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso. Kirkpatrick says he never gave the final order.

The state rested Tuesday morning after testimony from Fargo police investigator Paula Ternes.

Trial is scheduled to resume Wednesday at 9 a.m.