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Published November 16, 2009, 09:09 AM

Hearing Set for Man Suspected of Plotting Murder

The extradition hearing for an Oklahoma man accused of hiring his handyman to kill a Fargo dentist is scheduled for Nov. 25.

The extradition hearing for an Oklahoma man accused of hiring his handyman to kill a Fargo dentist is scheduled for Nov. 25.

Gov. John Hoeven signed papers last week supporting the extradition of 63-year-old Gene Carl Kirkpatrick of Jones, Oklahoma. Kirkpatrick is accused of hiring Michael Allen Nakvinda to kill Philip Gattuso, who was Kirkpatrick's son-in-law.

Kirkpatrick faces up to life in prison for conspiracy to commit murder. He also is charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

Prosecutors allege Kirkpatrick paid Nakvinda $3,000 to kill Gattuso, who was found beaten to death with a hammer Oct. 26.

Nakvinda was arrested at his home in Oklahoma City on Oct. 31. He is being held in Fargo on a murder charge.

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