North Dakota Supreme Court to hear hitman's appeal

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The Judicial Update

August 15, 2011

North Dakota: The North Dakota Supreme Court will hear the appeal at the end of this month of convicted murder Michael Nakvinda. Nakvina was found guilty in 2009 of murdering Fargo area dentist Phillip Gattuso. Nakvinda argues that the jury in that case did not have sufficient evidence to reach a guilty conviction. Nakvina was hired by Gene Kirkpatrick, the father of Gattuso's late wife Valerie Gattuso, to carry out the murder. Kirkpatrick hired the hit man as he did not wish for his granddaughter to be raised by Gattuso, for which he has recently been convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.[1]