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Man suspected of killing Gattuso arrives in Fargo
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

FARGO, N.D. - The man accused of murdering Philip Gattuso arrived Thursday evening in Fargo, where he was booked into the Cass County Jail on charges related to the crime.


Custody of Michael Allen Nakvinda, 41, of Oklahoma City was transferred earlier in the day from the Oklahoma County Jail to the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

Nakvinda faces charges of murder, robbery, burglary and theft in the Oct. 26 homicide of Gattuso, who was found dead in his south Fargo condominium after he failed to pick up his daughter from day care.

On Monday, Nakvinda waived extradition to North Dakota during a hearing in his home state.

Court papers say Gene Kirkpatrick, father-in-law to Gattuso and grandfather to 3-year-old Kennedy Gattuso, hired Nakvinda to kill the Fargo man, apparently because he was upset with how Philip Gattuso was raising the child.

Kirkpatrick, 63, is fighting extradition to Cass County on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and burglary. Court papers claim Kirkpatrick paid $3,000 for Gattuso's murder, with a promise of more money later.

Philip Gattuso's late wife, Valerie, was Kirkpatrick's daughter. She died in March after an 18-month battle from medical complications.

Pioneer staff reports