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Published July 26, 2011, 06:44 PM

Prosecution rests on fourth day of Kirkpatrick trial

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Attorneys tomorrow will begin to defend Gene Kirkpatrick from accusations he hired a man to kill Fargo dentist Philip Gatusso. Today the prosecution rested. Kirkpatrick is accused of paying Michael Nakvinda to kill his son-in-law.

Attorneys tomorrow will begin to defend Gene Kirkpatrick from accusations he hired a man to kill Fargo dentist Philip Gatusso. Today the prosecution rested. Kirkpatrick is accused of paying Michael Nakvinda to kill his son-in-law.

More than a dozen witnesses took the stand for prosecutors since the trial began Thursday. And the big question remains, did the state prove its case to convict Kirkpatrick of Conspiracy to commit murder....

Paula Ternes, case agent for the Gattuso murder took the stand and answered questions from both legal teams. But Ternes admitted she never questioned Debbie Baker in the investigation, a key witness in the case. Nakvinda told Baker he would "take care of Gattuso and Gene would never know it". The defense used that to display that there was NO agreement between Kirkpatrick and Nakvinda. She also told the jury nearly $2,500 was found at Nakvinda's home. Investigators say that was payment from Kirkpatrick to kill Gattuso.

Ryan Younggren – Assistant States Attorney: "During this investigation did any of the witnesses or evidence point to, in some other direction, other than Mr. Nakvinda or Mr. Kirkpatrick. No."

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