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Gene Kirkpatrick testifies Monday in Michael Nakvinda's murder trial about the illness and death of his daughter, Valerie Gattuso, wife of slain Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Fargo murder for hire trial: Mastermind testifies it was just talk

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The state and the defense have wildly differing theories on Gene Kirkpatrick's role in the hammer beating that killed his former son-in-law and orphaned his 3-year-old granddaughter.


On Monday, Kirkpatrick took the stand to deny both allegations, insisting his discussions about having Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso murdered were mere "locker-room talk."

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